Upper Basin

This area comprises the head of navigation, to the east of which lies the tramway interchange. The Upper Basin Arm was originally covered by a lime-transfer shed, constructed c1800-6, into which laden waggons could unload their lime into waiting barges. The inner stone arch, and steps leading down to the water level are still clearly visible, although these features are all that remain subsequent to robbing following closure of the complex. Tippler units comprising wooden staging built on the wharves carried an A-shaped frame, a hand operated mechanism being used to lift one end of a waggon to tip its contents through the staging onto the wharf below. (See also Waggon-Tipplers.)

Upper Basin c1900

Upper Basin c1928