There is no official
register of lock-keepers but we know of at least three:
William Blois(1) was
lock-keeper around the 1860`s. He was also responsible for looking
after the steam driven barge that was experimented with during
In Victorian times
rowing boats could be hired from the lock-keeper for travelling
up and down the river.
Ernie Boyd(2) was
the last lock-keeper at Pitmere. He was the navigation foreman
for all the locks in the immediate area. He was well trained for
the task as his father(3) had also been entrusted with the same
Mr Boyd retired from the river in 1912 when regular traffic ceased
and the house became vacant.
Throughout the 1920`s
the Nicolson family from Halstead rented Pitmere Island together
with the house for weekend and holiday use
Pitmere Lock was ideal
for swimming as it was one of the few locks along the river which
had a wooden floor.