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Forth And Clyde Canal, Wyndford Lock

Lock (Post Medieval)

Site Name Forth And Clyde Canal, Wyndford Lock

Classification Lock (Post Medieval)

Canmore ID 122414

Site Number NS77NE 71

NGR NS 7760 7877

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council North Lanarkshire
  • Parish Cumbernauld
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Cumbernauld And Kilsyth
  • Former County Dunbartonshire

Archaeology Notes

NS77NE 71 7760 7877

The length of canal between the administrative boundary at Auchinstarry (NS 7180 7686) and that at Castle cary (NS 7850 7844) is scheduled, together with the Craigmarloch feeder (NS77NW 53.01) and Wyndford lock (NS77NW 71) under reference number 6766.

Information from Historic Scotland, scheduling document dated 22 April 1997.

Architecture Notes

NS77NE 71 NS 7760 7877.

This lock, Lock 20, is the top lock on the E side of the canal. There is a lock-keeper's cottage (NS77NE 98) on one side of the canal and stables/hostelry, now converted to a private dwelling (NS77NE 99), on the other. The bridge initially existing at the tail of the lock has now been replaced.

The Forth and Clyde Canal Guidebook 1991.

This lock constitutes the E end of the summit length of canal (158 feet or 48 metres). Maryhill, Glasgow, is the location of the next lock to the W (NS56NE 84). At Wyndfod Lock a minor road traverses the canal. The lock-keeper's cottage (NS77NE 98) and the stables (NS77NE 99), now converted into a private dwelling, remain on either side of the canal.

H Brown 1997.

This lock was often the terminus for pleasure steamers before the establishment of Craigmarloch. The lock-keeper's cottage (NS77NE 98) to the N and an old inn (NS77NE 99) to the S of the canal are extant, now restored as private dwellings The nearby Bankier Distillery (NS77NE 55) was demolished after the closure of the canal.

G Hutton 1998.

This lock is visible on both the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Dunbartonshire 1864, sheet xx) and the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1988).

The building on the S side of Wyndford Lock (NS77NE 71) was originally constructed as a hostelry and dwelling for canal workers, although it was occasionally used as a stable block. This explains the apparent contradiction in the information supplied by Brown (1997) and Hutton (1998).

Information from RCAHMS (MD) 12 October 2000.


Photographic Survey (June 1963)

Photographic survey of the Wyndford Lock on the Forth and Clyde Canal, Dunbartonshire, by the Scottish National Buildings Record in 1963


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