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Goring Lock

Coordinates: 51°31′23″N 1°08′32″W / 51.52298°N 1.14235°W / 51.52298; -1.14235
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Goring Lock
The view of Goring Lock from Goring and Streatley Bridge
WaterwayRiver Thames
Maintained byEnvironment Agency
First built1787
Latest built1921
Length54.68 m (179 ft 5 in) [1]
Width6.40 m (21 ft 0 in)[1]
Fall1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Above sea level136'
Distance to
Teddington Lock
65 miles
Power is available out of hours
Goring Lock
River Thames
Cleeve Lock
Site of old mill
Goring Lock
Goring Bridge
Goring Mill
River Thames

Goring Lock is a lock and weir situated on the River Thames in England at the Goring Gap in the Chiltern Hills. The lock is located on the Oxfordshire bank at Goring-On-Thames, with Streatley, Berkshire on the opposite side of the river. It is just upstream of Goring and Streatley Bridge. The lock was first built in 1787 by the Thames Navigation Commissioners

The weir runs back to an island under the bridge and then another weir goes from there to the Streatley bank.


There was originally a weir and ferry here belonging to Goring Priory, which became the property of millers who kept a flash lock. A report in a newspaper of 1674 tells how 60 people drowned in the lock when the ferryman rowed too close to it. The pound lock was built in August 1787 from oak. Over several decades operation of the lock appears to have been shared with that of Cleeve Lock until 1869. Following this there were plans to build a lock-house, but this was not started until 1879.[2] The lock itself was replaced in 1886. In the last rebuild in 1921 the lock had intermediate gates installed, making two pounds, but these were removed in the refit in 2003.

Access to the lock[edit]

The lock is situated almost under the bridge and is easily accessible from both Goring and Streatley

Reach above the lock[edit]

The reach is only just over half a mile long. The Cleeve side of the river is occupied by large gardens stretching down the hillside with several boat-houses on the river. There are islands below Cleeve lock, with weirs between them, and these extend for some distance. On the Streatley side are meadows and woods.

The Thames Path, having crossed Goring Bridge to Streatley, continues through on the western bank to Cleeve Lock.

Boat houses along the Cleeve side

Views of the lock and the weirs[edit]

The lock and weir in winter
Flooding at Goring Lock, River Thames, UK

See also[edit]

Next lock upstream River Thames Next lock downstream
Cleeve Lock
1.00 km (0.62 mi) [3]
Goring Lock
Grid reference: SU596808
Whitchurch Lock
6.55 km (4.07 mi)[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Environment Agency Dimensions of locks on the River Thames". web page. Environmental Agency. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012. Dimensions given in metres
  2. ^ Fred. S. Thacker The Thames Highway: Volume II Locks and Weirs 1920 - republished 1968 David and Charles
  3. ^ a b "Environment Agency Distances between locks on the River Thames". web page. Environmental Agency. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012. Distances given in km

51°31′23″N 1°08′32″W / 51.52298°N 1.14235°W / 51.52298; -1.14235