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SU3067


Froxfield Bridge No.55: Froxfield Bottom Lock No.70: Froxfield Middle Lock No.69:


SU30672009 SU3067 : Kennet and Avon Canal by Graham Horn
2007 SU3067 : The Kennet and Avon Canal, Froxfield by Andrew Smith
2007 SU3067 : The Kennet and Avon Canal, Froxfield by Andrew Smith
2013 SU3067 : Froxfield on the Kennet & Avon canal by Gillie Rhodes
2013 SU3067 : Repaired towpath bank, Kennet & Avon canal by Christine Johnstone
2015 SU3067 : Bridge No.90 by N Chadwick
2017 SU3067 : On the Kennet and Avon Canal near Froxfield by David Martin


1976
SU3067 : Circular weir near Froxfield, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
This circular weir, or 'waste pit' (as known in water engineering circles) takes surplus water from the canal and returns it to the River Dun. The railway line is seen close behind.
by Dr Neil Clifton


1976
SU3067 : Froxfield Bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
This solidly-built brick bridge carries a minor road of local importance. Viewed here from the west.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2009
SU3067 : Froxfield Bridge by Graham Horn
The bridge is the county boundary between Wiltshire (here) and Berkshire(beyond). It is a regular turning point for charter boat trips operated by the Rose of Hungerford from Hungerford wharf.
by Graham Horn


2009
SU3067 : Stream entering canal by Graham Horn
This stream originally flowed into the River Dun but was intercepted when the canal was built to provide water. It enters a funnel which provides a filter to prevent too much debris entering the canal but it is still pretty shallow on that bank. Behind is the Reading to West Country railway, the Berks and Hants line (this section does not go through Hampshire).
by Graham Horn


2007
SU3067 : The Kennet and Avon Canal, Froxfield by Andrew Smith
Looking along to Froxfield Bottom Lock the most easterly of Froxfield's three locks.
by Andrew Smith


1976
SU3067 : Froxfield Bottom Lock No 70 by Dr Neil Clifton
Seen from the east as in 1976, restored but not yet in use.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2009
SU3067 : Froxfield Bottom Lock by Graham Horn
For eastbound travellers on the canal this will have been the 16th lock in quick succession that they have had to negotiate since the summit at Crofton top lock SU2462. They are more spaced out from here. In the background is Froxfield Bridge, the county boundary between Wiltshire and Berkshire.
by Graham Horn


2002
SU3067 : Canal Lock near Froxfield by Rog Frost
The Kennet and Avon Canal and the train to Bedwyn share the Kennet Valley
by Rog Frost


2004

1976
SU3067 : Froxfield Middle Lock No 69, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
The restoration gang was busy at this lock when photographed in March 1976. There is not always agreement about the name of this lock for the following reason: there were three Froxfield locks, and this one being the middle one, was appropriately named. However, Froxfield Top Lock has often been called Oakhill Down Lock. As this left only two Froxfield locks, the name Froxfield Upper Lock has been used by some writers to describe the Middle lock. To avoid any confusion, the older name is to be preferred
by Dr Neil Clifton


2009
SU3067 : Froxfield Middle Lock by Graham Horn
Looking eastwards as the boat rises in the lock. This one has a fairly standard rise of 6 feet 11 inches, but it often seems more if you are standing at the back of the boat as the lock is filling, and you wonder if those lock gates will hold the pressure of 60,000 gallons of water. Note here that the bottom paddles are different. The one on the right is the traditional ratchet and pinion gear. The one on the left is a modern hydraulic mechanism, granny gear as it is derogatorily known.
by Graham Horn


2009
SU3067 : Froxfield Middle Lock by Graham Horn
As a steerer one gets a close view of the plants growing from the lock walls as one enters a lock.
by Graham Horn


2009
SU3067 : Below Oakhill Down Lock by Graham Horn
For some reason you always seem to pass boats on this pound. Fortunately it is slightly wider, and there is a winding hole (a place where boats longer than the width of the canal can turn, originally using the wind, where favourable, to assist them).
by Graham Horn




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SU2967

Oakhill Down Bridge No.56: Oakhill Down Lock No.68:

1976
SU2967 : Oak Hill Down Lock No 68, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
The former name of this lock was Froxfield Top Lock. At the time of this 1976 photograph, this lock was derelict and awaiting restoration. Oakhill Down Bridge is seen in the background, which is an accommodation bridge only.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2009
SU2967 : Leaving Oakhill Down Lock by Graham Horn
This is the westbound approach. Having just come through Froxfield Bottom Lock and Froxfield Middle Lock you'd think this one would be ...? Er, no. It is Oakhill Down Lock.
by Graham Horn


2003
SU2967 : Oakhill Down Lock - No.68 - Kennet & Avon Canal - 2003 by Maurice Pullin
This shot from a different angle shows the lock restored and in use 27 years after Dr. Clifton's photo.
by Maurice Pullin


2009
SU2967 : Oakhill Down Lock by Graham Horn
Originally Froxfield Top Lock, the top one of three. The road runs very close to the right here and is a popular spot for people to come and eat their lunch and watch the boats go by (gongoozling). The railway runs equally close to the left.
Compare this photo to this one before restoration by Dr. Neil Clifton SU2967 : Oak Hill Down Lock No 68, Kennet and Avon Canal and this one six years earlier than mine by Maurice Pullin SU2967 : Oakhill Down Lock - No.68 - Kennet & Avon Canal - 2003
by Graham Horn






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