One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pond positioned beside a canal lock in such a way that water can flow into or out of it when the lock is operated.
- ‘The water from descending boats is stored in the side ponds for the use of ascending boats.’
- ‘Fifteen of the locks rise close together in a straight line with wide side ponds to store sufficient water for the locks to operate.’
- ‘On our way up Ivinghoe locks I took a series of photos to illustrate the use of fully-equipped Grand Junction locks, with side ponds and double top-gate-paddles.’
- ‘This side pond with sluice is an interesting feature to be found by the top of the top lock at Carreghofa.’
- ‘Despite its huge side ponds, this flight of broad locks has a history of dire water shortages.’
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