Lock 10, Thorpe’s Mill, was the last (or first) one on the Stamford Canal.

Just below the mill the main arm of the River Welland rejoined the mill stream and continued down past the Market Deeping wharves, under the Peterborough road bridge towards Deeping St James High Lock and the weir there.

Obviously the horses would have been hard pressed to pull the lighters on this stretch due to the flow of water against them, so they probably only pulled 2 at a time until going through the lock when one horse could pull 4. Then the second horse would go back for more.

From the tonnage reports, there must have been a steady flow of barges up and down daily between Stamford and Deeping St James, dropping off and picking up goods at most villages and mills along the way.





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