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Websters Lock on the Barrow Canal

County Carlow

Websters Lock c.2006
Source: J Farrell at
A barge being loaded at Shackelton's Mills, pictured from the island at Websters Lock.
Source: M. Purcell
Sitting on the wall we see the lock-keeper Michael Webster
Source: M. Purcell
Webster's Lock and the Barrow Mills.c.1970
All demolished
Source: Carlman
The weir on the river Barrow after the floods.
Image by Peter Walker
Barrow Canal c.1900
Source: eBay seller
Carlow Weir and showing a canal boat upstream of  Websters Lock from the 1948 edition of Carloviana.
Sent in by Peter Walker 2009
Section of Canal Boat JCKAS 1922-1928 Vol X P 7
Websters Lock c.1988
Source: eBay seller
Websters Lock on the river Barrow, Carlow after the floods of 2009.
Image by Peter Walker

Websters Lock.
Source: Chris 'Joe' O'Brien

The weir

Websters Lock Gate looking back at Graiguecullen Bridge: Source: ebay seller

"The first gentle Shure that, making way
By sweet Clonmell, adornes rich Waterford;
The next, the stubborne Newre whose waters gray
By faire Kilkenny and Rosseponte boord;
The third, the goodly Barrow which doth hoord
Great heaps of salmons in his deep bosome;
All which, long sundred, doe at last accord
To ioyne in one, ere to sea they come;
So flowing all from one, all one at last become."

Spenser: "Faerie Queen"

Michael and Essie Webster, Lock House, Graiguecullen

Michael and Essie Webster, Lock House, Graiguecullen ,have faced the onslaught of flooding from several sources over the past number of weeks, as heavy rains continue to destroy their home. Three generations of the Webster family have lived in the house which is over 100 years old.

“The flooding is coming from all angles,” explained the couple’s daughter, Vonnie Bolton. “When I saw the devastation, I was fuming.”

“The house is built on a mill race, which was never closed in and when that floods, the water just bursts through the floor boards of the house,” she explained.

“Also, all the rainwater from the new apartments built to the back of them, flows down into their house. There is no adequate drainage of this water and it flows down and lodges into a three deep foot ridge that surrounds the house. That water is now seeping through the walls, it can’t be good for the foundations.”

“The house hasn’t been flooded in five years, since the Barrow was cleaned. Before that we knew if the Barrow reached 13ft 6ins we were in trouble, but now at 12ft 6ins the flooding starts because of the mill race and the developments at the back,” Vonnie adds.

“At 12ft 6 they could be flooded at least ten times a year,” she fumed.

“Five rooms have been destroyed because of the flooding. We spent hours trying to sweep out the muck and dirt, its terrible.”

“My father gave over 50 years service to the Board of Works and now, in his retirement, he can’t live in peace.”

“They are two 80 year-olds who want to live in their own home. Something will have to be done, the house will have to be made waterproof,” Vonnie declared.

By Michael Godfrey The Nationalist Tuesday, January 12, 1999

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