I took Lawrie up on his offer to have a look at Bacton Wood Lock, just upstream from Spa Common Bridge. A glance over the parapet didn't reveal anything very interesting but 100 yards up the towpath it was a very different story.
Bacton Wood Lock
After several years of work there is a very nearly complete lock, its brick structure finished and just the gates are needed.
The idea is to fill the next pound to Swafield and in so doing bring water to Laurie's restored Watermill, and very lovely it will look too.
Paddles and sluices
Here are a selection of photos taken from the suspended work site.
The old paddle gear
The mill leat
Upstream from Bacton Wood Lock