Aldermaston Wharf

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Aldermaston Wharf
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The Kennet and Avon Canal at Aldermaston Wharf.
Aldermaston Wharf is located in Berkshire
Aldermaston Wharf
Aldermaston Wharf
 Aldermaston Wharf shown within Berkshire
OS grid reference SU602671
Unitary authority West Berkshire
Ceremonial county Berkshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district RG7
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
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Coordinates: 51°24′00″N 1°08′10″W / 51.4°N 1.136°W / 51.4; -1.136

Aldermaston Wharf is a small multi-parish settlement centred 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north-northwest of Aldermaston in West Berkshire, England. The Kennet and Avon Canal and Great Western Railway pass through the adjoining land and Aldermaston railway station and Aldermaston Lock are nearby. The A4 road runs through its northern part of the village.

River Kennet[edit]

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. Canal trade continues at Aldermaston, primarily in leisure and tourism. A visitor and tea room is operated adjacent to a marina and boat hire business.

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.[1] 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.[1]

Nearby places[edit]

Nearby are the towns of Newbury, Thatcham and Reading. Neighbouring villages are Aldermaston, Midgham, Beenham, Woolhampton and Padworth. Aldermaston Wharf falls within three parishes—Padworth, Aldermaston and Beenham.

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  1. ^ a b Aldermaston Lock information board

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