Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Cleats in Northam

Now this is an interesting one.

These things are called "dock mooring cleats", used to secure ships to dock piers.

I found these two at the junction of Augustine Road and Northam Road - or at least the now blocked off end of Augustine Road. As far as I can tell, there are no other examples anywhere along Northam Road.

So the question has to be asked - why are they there?

The simple answer would be that they were put there to act as a barrier when Augustine Road was blocked off. But I have to believe there is something more to this than just that.

The other question is where did they come from?

Might need some help on answering this question. It is possible that they came from one of the many quays that existed in the Northam area and along the banks of the Itchen - maybe even from Northam Quay itself. Possible that they came from the Eastern Docks when the whole area was redeveloped in what we now call Ocean Village.

If anyone could help, I would be very grateful.

1 comment:

  1. I have often wondered about these, although for some reason I thought that there were 2 sets along the road. Perhaps I am wrong.

    Any ideas yet on their origin or actual purpose?

    regards, Roland Hedges