The top is earth with some maple trees. I imagine there must have been a roof and chimney originally so leads me to believe it became derelict and was filled in from the top with spoil.
Sorry to take this a bit off original topic, its not an emergency stoppage thread but there was also a house (well maybe not a house it may be something else) beside commercial road lock under the railway bridge. Gone now.
From daily mail (spits) photos apparently 1950s.
There was a thread about the pictures on here recently
I've seen a few that look rundown that I would take a punt on if they were in the right place. Is there somewhere that advertise these unused, unloved cottages?
They may be unused & unloved-often with no road access,but boy do they sell for silly ££££££!
I remember when I first went up the Oxford canal in April 1994 when I first moved onto a boat the lock cottage and outbuildings at Claydon were for sale. £35k. Having come into some money I could easily have bought it but was too hooked on the boat lark.
I bet that would have been a good investment. They had a big lister generator in a shed by the lockside. About 10 minute walk to the nearest vehicle access if I remember right.
Quite nice really.
Having said that I would not want to live in a lock cottage.
For anyone who didn't really understand what I was saying about how to construct and fix stem fenders in the "Down-hilling" thread a week or two ago, . . . THAT's how it should be done. It can neither hang a boat up on a gate, because it just rides up and sits on the top of the stem iron, and nor will it hold a boat down if it gets under a gate beam, because the turns of rope above the two (sliding-eye) side chains can fold forwards and downwards and allow it to roll out from under something such as a gate cross beam, . . and if all else fails there is just a piece of light line securing the side chains to the T-stud anyway.