Places of interest

Sluizen en Sluiswachtershuis Afwateringskanaal

The total complex of the Afwateringskanaal falls under the municipalities of Leudal and Peel & Maas and consists of two former locks.

The total complex of the Afwateringskanaal falls under the municipalities of Leudal and Peel & Maas and consists of two former locks, a former unloading and loading area and an associated former lock keeper's house. In total, the drainage canal is almost 10 kilometers long. 
The drainage canal was constructed at the place where the dead straight dry moat, "the Gekkegraaf", was dug in 1657. This was a moat between Kessel and Meijel to end endless border disputes between the former Principality of Liege and the Duchy of Gelre.
In order to bridge the decline in the terrain between the Noordervaart and the Maas, the construction of two locks with lock keeper's house was necessary. The canal initially carried the acidic peat water of the Peel and the excess water of the Zuid-Willemsvaart to the Maas. Later, this canal became increasingly important as a supply and transport route for peat, coal, fertilizer and wood. In 1861 the lock was put into use and restored between 1884 and 1886. In 1857 the house was realized.
When the Wessem-Nederweert Canal became more important in 1932, the drainage canal was closed to shipping. Now it only fulfills the function of a drainage ditch for surrounding land. The lock doors have now disappeared and there is a small weir in the rebate of the upper lock. The lock keeper's house of the Department of Public Works has been preserved in outline.

Contact and location

Sluizen en Sluiswachtershuis Afwateringskanaal
Schooldijk
6086 NN
NEER

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