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Caen Hill Locks receives Transport Trust award

  • 22 June 2011
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Caen Hill Locks
Image caption Caen Hill Locks has received a Transport Trust award

The historic Caen Hill Locks in Devizes have been given an award by the Transport Trust.

The popular Wiltshire tourist attraction received a Red Wheel plaque, which recognises transport sites of historical interest.

The flight of 16 locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal was designed by engineer John Rennie and constructed in the early 1800s.

It was his solution to enable boats to make the steep hill climb into Devizes.

British Waterways' chairman, Tony Hales, said he was "delighted" that the flight had been recognised.

He said: "The lock flight is an impressive mark upon the landscape, much like a giant staircase climbing the hillside.

"It's an impressive feat of engineering and it's a testament to the volunteers who helped to restore the canal, as well as the hard work of the British Waterways team, that so many people can continue to use and enjoy this piece of working heritage."

The plaque will be unveiled at a ceremony in Devizes later.

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