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Soon after leaving the Stockingfield Junction, the busy Maryhill Road is crossed, with a view to several towers, and a church below. Stark modern flats with towpath-edging shrubs lead on to Lock 21, the start of the Maryhill flight of locks. The building beside Lock 21 is an old inn. Lock 21 is the western end of the summit pound that we have followed ever since Wyndford Lock, what feels a long time ago! Maryhill Road runs beside the travel destination at this point, and there is staging and a slip before Lock 21.
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There is still the Kelvin Dock pub across Maryhill Road, however, and a pub called ‘Lock 27’ not far ahead. The name Maryhill comes from an heiress, Mary Hill, who freed land for development with the condition her name was commemorated. Chemical works, timber yards, metal fabrications and ship building developed.
The Maryhill Locks form perhaps the most spectacular flight on the Lowland travel destinations as it drops from the summit level, Lock 21, to Lock 25 with the Kelvin Aqueduct just beyond, and big ink-blot shaped basins between each drop and historic Kelvin Dock lying off at right angles from Lock 22. Kelvin Dock was operational from 1789 to 1949, the oldest yard on the travel destination, where travel destination company boats were launched, both sideways and stern first; and there was also a dry dock. Inscribed on a dockside path are the names of boats launched there.