The Kennet and Avon Canal at Aldermaston Wharf.
Aldermaston Wharf shown within Berkshire
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Aldermaston Wharf is a small multi-parish settlement with a large Kennet-side hotel centred 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north-northwest of Aldermaston in West Berkshire, England. The Kennet & Avon Visitor Centre owned by British Waterways has a tea room, shop and moorings for canal barges. The Kennet and Avon Canal and Great Western Railway pass through the adjoining land and Aldermaston railway station and Aldermaston Lock are at either end of the settled area. The A4 road runs through its northern part of the 'village'.
Nearby are the towns of Newbury, Thatcham and Reading. Neighbouring villages are Aldermaston, Midgham, Beenham, Woolhampton and Padworth. Aldermaston Wharf falls within three parishes: namely Padworth, Aldermaston and Beenham.
The River Kennet was made navigable between Reading and Newbury and opened as the Kennet Navigation in 1723. A wharf was constructed here (to the immediate east of the current lift bridge) and a trading community developed around it. In addition carpenters were required to service the locks and bridges. On completion of the Kennet and Avon Canal in 1810 local trade flourished even more with exports of timber products, malt and flour and imports of coal, groceries and manufactured goods. When the Great Western Railway bought the canal in the 1850s a canal spur was constructed to the railway sidings to allow transfer of goods between canal and rail. Some of this has now been infilled. The River Enborne joins the River Kennet just to the west of the village. Strange's Brewery was sited just south of the lock. In the late 18th century the brewery was owned by Francis Strange. The brewery was sold in 1952 and demolished.
- Aldermaston Lock information board
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