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Stanstead Lock
Stanstead Lock.JPG
The lock, lock-keeper's house and swing-bridge
Waterway River Lee Navigation
County Hertfordshire
Maintained by British Waterways
Operation Manual
Length 85 feet (25.9 m)
Width 16 feet (4.9 m)
Fall 8 feet 4 inches (2.5 m)
Distance to
Bow Creek
21.5 miles (34.6 km)
Distance to
Hertford Castle Weir
4.8 miles (7.7 km)
Coordinates 51°47′27″N 0°00′00″E / 51.790953°N 0.000131°E / 51.790953; 0.000131

Stanstead Lock (No4) is a lock on the River Lee Navigation close to the villages of Stanstead Abbotts and St Margarets. The lock which incorporates a rare example of a swing-bridge, has the reputation of being one of the country's most difficult to negotiate.


Stanstead Marina
Stanstead marina viewed from the south. The Stanstead mill stream merges with the Navigation in the foreground

The lock-keeper's house is located on an island formed by a section of the River Lee Flood Relief Channel that flows through the automatic sluice gate adjacent to the lock.

Located to the south of the lock is the Stanstead marina.

Public transport

St Margarets (Hertfordshire) railway station

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