SU6067 : Boat in Aldermaston Lock

taken 7 years ago, near to Aldermaston Wharf, West Berkshire, Great Britain

Boat in Aldermaston Lock
Boat in Aldermaston Lock
A turf-sided lock was constructed here in the early 18th century, part of the "Kennet Navigation" between Reading and Newbury, which made the River Kennet accessible to large commercial barges. In the 1760s the lock was enlarged, and this unusual design of scalloped brickwork was tried out. Only 9in thick, the low curved walls lining the sides of the chamber were much stronger than the timber planking they replaced (Information from a board at the lock side, seen here just left of dog).
In 1810 the Kennet and Avon Canal was opened, linking the Kennet Navigation to the Avon Navigation between Bath and Bristol. The waterway fell into disuse until restoration in the late 20th century. During restoration, the scalloped walls of this lock were raised about 1m to the same level as the towpath LinkExternal link .
Aldermaston Lock is a grade II listed structure LinkExternal link .
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 25 May, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 27 June, 2010
Category
Lock   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 6010 6715 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:24.0124N 1:8.2474W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 6011 6715
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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