Godmanchester is fairly typical of a Great Ouse lock, with pointing doors (mitre gates to canallers) at the lower end and a powered guillotine at the upper. All the Great Ouse and Nene locks are draped with these ridiculous swags of chain, apparently following a risk assessment that identified the danger of someone falling in. That fact that thousands of BW locks don't have or need them apparently is of no account. The chains actually pose a hazard to narrowboats descending the lock, whose straight sides are at risk of hanging up on them and rolling the boat over.
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