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Kennet Navigation from Reading to Newbury

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Greenham Lock No.86: Victoria Park Bridge: Park Road Bridge: Stone Building Newbury Wharf:


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2012 SU4767 : Relic of the past by Bill Nicholls

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1976
SU4767 : Greenham Lock, Kennet and Avon Navigation by Dr Neil Clifton
Near to the centre of Newbury.
by Dr Neil Clifton



2007
SU4767 : Greenham Lock by Graham Horn
Bridge carries towpath over the entrance to one of the marinas on the eastern approach to Newbury. New houses beyond lock are named John Gould Court after John Gould who operated working boats on the River Kennet in the Newbury area in the 1940's and 1950's and was one of the main instigators in the restoration of the Kennet and Avon Canal.
by Graham Horn



2004
SU4767 : Below Greenham Lock by Pierre Terre
A towpath footbridge crosses a basin on the Kennet & Avon Canal
by Pierre Terre



2004
SU4767 : Greenham Lock by Pierre Terre
Approaching Greenham Lock, Newbury on the Kennet & Avon Canal, from downstream
by Pierre Terre



2012 Greenham Lock
SU4767 : Chamber of number 86 by Bill Nicholls
View of the lockchamber of lock 86 at Newbury.
by Bill Nicholls



2010
SU4767 : Kennet & Avon Canal by Scriniary
Looking down the footbridge ramp.
by Scriniary



2005
SU4767 : Newbury by Brendan and Ruth McCartney
A view looking west along the Kennet and Avon Canal.
by Brendan and Ruth McCartney



2010
SU4767 : Cyclebridge over Kennet & Avon Canal by Scriniary
Much of Route 4 of the Sustrans Cycle Network follows the towpath of the Kennet & Avon Canal, for which they made a contribution to cost. Pedestrians are grateful for this all weather surface but we do wish some of the cyclists would show a little more consideration. MEP



2004
SU4767 : Kennet & Avon Canal by Pierre Terre
The canal curves towards the centre of Newbury upstream from Greenham Bridge
by Pierre Terre



2004
SU4767 : Victoria Park Bridge by Pierre Terre
Formerly the A34 by-passing Newbury town centre to the east, crossing the combined R. Kennet and Kennet & Avon Canal.
by Pierre Terre



The current here flows toward the photographer and is quite strong. The steerer (never helmsman) needs to keep his boat moving through the current to maintain steerage way. This is what happens when he does not. He must have had some previous experience, this is a hire boat and the boatyard would not have let him onto the river in a boat this length if not. His best bet now is to push the back end away from the towpath and reverse out. With help from his crew member at the front he should soon be out of his predicament. MEP

2009
SU4767 : Blocking the river by Bill Nicholls
The narrow boat left going through the bridge a bit late as it was not far off broadsiding it going through.
by Bill Nicholls



2009
SU4767 : The New American Bridge by Bill Nicholls
The original bridge was called the American bridge and built during WW2. The bridge connects to Parkway from Wharf Road. A narrow boat can be seen heading towards the bridge.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Park,_Newbury
by Bill Nicholls



2009
SU4767 : Giving it welly by Bill Nicholls
I was a bit late in taking this watching the progress of the narrowboat and I missed the lather being thrown up from the boat's propeller. They made it OK and did not hit the bridge much to my surprise.
by Bill Nicholls



2010
SU4767 : Kennet & Avon Canal by Scriniary
Running along the southern end of Victoria Park, Newbury.
by Scriniary



2009
SU4767 : Feeding the ducks by Bill Nicholls
Some ducks getting fed whilst the swans wait their turn on the River Kennet at Newbury.
by Bill Nicholls



2012
SU4767 : Waiting their turn by Bill Nicholls
These three canoeists are waiting their turn to try the weir stream in Newbury.
by Bill Nicholls



2007
SU4767 : Parkway Bridge by Julian Tubb
This Bridge was built to replace " The American Bridge".
by Julian Tubb



2008
SU4767 : Further round the bend by Bill Nicholls
Further round the bend on the Kennet with Park view bridge in the distance
by Bill Nicholls



2008
SU4767 : Bend on the Kennet by Bill Nicholls
Couple of Swans swimming round a bend in the Kennet, they soon sped up when they saw the ducks being fed.
by Bill Nicholls



2009
SU4767 : Heading to the bridge by Bill Nicholls
Narrow boat sailing down the River Kennet at Newbury.
by Bill Nicholls



2009
SU4767 : View from Newbury Bridge by Graham Horn
The River Kennet east of Newbury Bridge. The original Kennet Navigation terminated at the wharf about 400 metres east of here. This section of the river was made navigable in 1794 when the canal was extended westwards, but no provision for a towpath was made through the bridge. Going downstream, boats used to float under the bridge with the current. Going upstream, boats would tie up here. The horse was then taken to the lock, the towrope floated back under the bridge to this point to be reattached to the boat.
by Graham Horn



The Stone Building is operated by volunteers of the Kennet & Avon Canal Trust. Follow the link for further information LinkExternal link

2007
SU4767 : The Stone Building, Newbury Wharf by Steve Maggs
Kennet and Avon Canal Trust Shop and Tea Rooms.
by Steve Maggs



2009
SU4767 : Lock, Stock and Barrel by Graham Horn
The pub sign for the pub adjacent to Newbury Lock, seen here SU4767 : Below Newbury Lock. The term lock, stock and barrel is a good pun, but actually has nothing to do with canals or pubs. It refers to the three main parts of a musket and was coined by Sir Walter Scott in 1817 when he wanted a term to mean "the whole thing". These days we might use the term "everything including the kitchen sink" but I have yet to see a pub with that name.
by Graham Horn



Newbury



In selecting images for this collection I have given much attention to descriptions.

We have arrived at Newbury and I must be leaving you now, any further and we will be on the Kennet & Avon Canal which is the subject of another article.
Will leave you with this bouquet courtesy of Pam Brophy. SU5666 : Kennet and Avon Canal: Flora by Pam Brophy

My thanks to the Geograph members who have contributed - their names are at the bottom of each page. Special thanks to Dr.Neil Clifton for his images taken mid 1970s before and during restoration. Also to Graham Horn who was impossible to leave out. Graham himself is a part of canal history, having been a former secretary and chairman of the Canal Trust's Reading branch and is currently (Jan 2012) one of the captains on the Trust's trip boat "Rose of Hungerford" operating out of Hungerford.
MEP
KML

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