Milepost 65 ~ Rode Heath

Link to picture of milepost This milepost is found on the south-east edge of Rode Heath. To the north-west is Thurlwood Lock, the site of British Waterways' experiment with a steel lock.
Link to view north-west This area suffers from subsidence due to salt mining activities. One of the locks at Thurlwood collapsed so British Waterways hit on the idea of building a prefabricated steel tank lock with guillotine gates.
Link to view south-east Unfortunately, the new lock took longer to fill than the original lock next to it, and was more complicated to use. It was little used and eventually was removed in the 1980's.