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Kennet Navigation from Reading to Newbury

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SU5266 2012 SU5266 : Monkey Marsh Lock by Shaun Ferguson| 2010 SU5266 : Kennet and Avon Canal in winter by Graham Steven

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2010
SU5266 : Looking udown the Kennet by Bill Nicholls
View downstream on the river Kennet from by the pillbox towards the Woolhampton direction.
by Bill Nicholls



Thatcham Swing Bridge (now fixed): Monkey Marsh Lock No.90: Monkey Marsh Swing Bridge:


1976
SU5266 : Approaching Thatcham Swing Bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
Before restoration of navigation on this part of the canal, the busy road southwards out of Thatcham had to make do with a swing bridge, although it was permanently set for the road, therefore did not cause too many problems. But the opportunity was taken to replace it by a fixed bridge before navigation started again. In this picture, Thatcham station, still with semaphore signals and a signal box, is seen on the far right.
by Dr Neil Clifton



2007
SU5266 : Thatcham Bridge by Graham Horn
Frequently has queueing traffic for the railway level crossing a few metres to the north (left). Originally a swing bridge, and a possible plan was for a joint railway/canal bridge, or traffic lights and barriers encompassing both the railway and canal.
by Graham Horn



Monkey Marsh Lock is the only remaining turf sided lock on the Kennet Navigation. The side rails were put in place by the GWR some time after May 1892 when the railway line from Paddington to Bristol was converted to standard gauge. Much of the old broad gauge rail was recycled as fence posts, sign posts and the like and here as guard rails. MEP

2005
SU5266 : Monkey Marsh Lock by John Lloyd
The unusual Monkey Marsh Lock on the Kennet & Avon Canal at Thatcham, the bridge in the distance leading to Thatcham Station's level crossing
by John Lloyd



2012
SU5266 : Two in the lock by Bill Nicholls
Two narrowboats in Monkey Marsh lock waiting for the water to rise to the next level.
by Bill Nicholls



2004
SU5266 : Monkey Marsh Lock by Pierre Terre
A rare turf sided lock above Thatcham Bridge, scheduled as an ancient monument.
by Pierre Terre



1976
SU5266 : Monkey Marsh Lock No 90, Kennet and Avon Navigation by Dr Neil Clifton
The state of the derelict Monkey Marsh Lock in 1976 gives some idea of the task facing the voluntary workers who were restoring the navigation. Eventually this was beautifully restored as a traditional turf-sided lock.
by Dr Neil Clifton



1976
SU5266 : Monkey Marsh Swing Bridge, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
This swing bridge was still awaiting restoration when this photograph was taken in 1976.
by Dr Neil Clifton



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Lock cut on the Kennet Navigation


2007
SU5166 : Kennet and Avon Canal near Thatcham by Graham Horn
Part of a mile of straight canal, near Thatcham, therefore popular with local walkers. This was one of the last sections of restored canal to be ready for use in 1990.
by Graham Horn



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Widmead Lock No.89:


1976
SU5066 : Widmead Lock, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
Seen as derelict in 1976, before the restoration of this canal
by Dr Neil Clifton



2012
SU5066 : Entrance to Widemead Lock by Bill Nicholls
Entrance to Widemead Lock which is made from steel pilings.
by Bill Nicholls



2004
SU5066 : In Widmead Lock by Pierre Terre
Heading upstream through Widmead Lock
by Pierre Terre



2007
SU5066 : Widmead Lock by Graham Horn
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2005
SU5066 : Widmead Lock, Kennet & Avon Canal by John Lloyd
When leaving Widmead Lock the steerer and his crew have a long (just under 1 mile) straight in front of them. On a clear day Monkey Marsh Bridge can be seen at the far end. MEP



2004 The Kennet Navigation isn't all locks and bridges.
SU5066 : Kennet & Avon Canal by Pierre Terre
Bend in the Kennet & Avon Canal upstream from Widmead Lock. In this flat calm section the river Kennet has just left the canal over a weir hidden on the left of the picture.
by Pierre Terre


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