The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 18 (1940) > Issues > Issue 6 > Recent Reconstruction of Locks and Control Structures on the River Great Ouse
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Recent Reconstruction of Locks and Control Structures on the River Great Ouse

BEFORE the formation of Catchment Boards under the Land Drainage Act of 1930, ther was, of course, no essential authority to take control of or to carry out works on rivers. Such control works as existed on rivers consisted of sluices built in connection with the operation of mills and of locks constructed for navigational purposes. We do not need to go back a great many years to find a period when the roads were in such a bad state of repair that many of them were almost impassable in winter and at the best of times heavy transport was only possible with very cumbersome wagons drawn by teams of eight to ten horses. In those days, therefore, water transport was the easiest and often the quickest way of carrying goods to towns situated in the neighbourhood of our large rivers. Milling of course was also actively carried on and the mill sluices were kept in a workable condition. O. Borer

Author(s): Borer, O

Keywords: locks;river ouse, cambs;river ouse, beds;construction work;scour;preventing