Third Lock, River Lagan, Belfast, Co. Antrim

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From Apostles of Temperance in Cork to locks on the Lagan near Belfast for todays image. The Eason collection has some interesting and educational images, and for me this was an eye-opener - as I never knew that the Lagan was managed and made navigable above the tide mark! When did all this take place and is it still in use?

With thanks to robinparkes, sharon.corbet, BeachcomberAustralia and the Wikipedia article on the 'Lagan Navigation', I am further educated on this section of waterway. Seemingly it opened in the mid-18th century, and was viable until the mid-20th century. Closed in the 1950s, it seems that at least part of the lock system (and these lock keepers cottages) have been restored and given new life since. I wonder what the man pictured would have made of it all....

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Collection: Eason Photographic Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1900-1920

NLI Ref: EAS_0460

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 03/Jan/2019 08:46:54

    The lock keeper’s house still stands. A lane runs past the house to where there is a cafe, called the Lock Keeper's Inn. It's a favourite place for walkers and cyclists.

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    • 03/Jan/2019 08:50:30

    Lagan Valley Learning Centre has a pdf with the history of Lock no. 3. It includes a picture of the cottage with a similar looking man outside.

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    • 03/Jan/2019 08:53:50

    Recently restored? Lots of information - Flickr is sometimes amazing! In 2010 via [] []The cottage on the right is way too cute!

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    • 03/Jan/2019 09:30:57

    There’s another pdf with the history of the cottage, which is the second lock keepers cottage at this lock.

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    • 03/Jan/2019 10:14:39

    Streetview plods all along the nearby towpaths (fascinating) - the cottage is behind the hedge -

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    • 03/Jan/2019 10:57:12

    [[email protected]] so long as it's not a Starbucks.

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    • 03/Jan/2019 10:57:38

    The NMNI has a reverse view.

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    • 03/Jan/2019 11:44:43

    There is another reverse view at the NLI, this time with snow!

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    • 03/Jan/2019 15:56:44

    [[email protected]/] Not Starbucks but still poison dear.

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    • 04/Jan/2019 02:14:58

    Thanks [[email protected]], [], and []! I have updated the map and description. I am glad to hear that this piece of industrial heritage has at least some new life :)