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21 hours ago, Mike55 said:

According to "A Brief History of the Wendover Arm 1793-1968" the stop lock at Little Tring was built in 1896 to protect the summit from the leaks in the Wendover Arm, the idea being that if a lightly loaded boat with a shallow draught wanted to pass it could do. Apparently this was "virtually never used", although there are records of traffic in 1897 with the canal in low water: 620 tons of manure up the arm & 500 tons of hay back.  In 1904 the arm was abandoned and the stop lock was used as a convenient point to dam the arm.

If we assume that the hay was always a backload to minimise empty passages, and (say) 20 tonnes a boat load for manure then it's still 31 passages through the lock each way - not a lot, but significantly more than nothing!

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