Pinkhill Lock

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Pinkhill Lock
Pinkhill Lock.jpg
Waterway River Thames
County Oxfordshire
Maintained by Environment Agency
Operation Manual
First built 1791
Latest built 1898
Length 34.59 m (113 ft 6 in) [1]
Width 4.90 m (16 ft 1 in)[1]
Fall 1.05 m (3 ft 6 in)[1]
Above sea level 199'
Distance to
Teddington Lock
101 miles
Coordinates 51°45′37″N 1°21′49″W / 51.760142°N 1.363602°W / 51.760142; -1.363602Coordinates: 51°45′37″N 1°21′49″W / 51.760142°N 1.363602°W / 51.760142; -1.363602
Pinkhill Lock
River Thames
Northmoor Lock & weir
Pinkhill Lock
River Thames

Pinkhill Lock is a lock on the River Thames in England. It is close to Farmoor, Oxfordshire.

The first lock was built of stone by Daniel Harris for the Thames Navigation Commission in 1791.[2]

The weir is on the other side of the island and carries a public footbridge. The name Luck's or Lot's Hole is given to part of the weir stream.


The lock is named after a farm in the area and is on the site of a former weir and flash lock owned by Lord Harcourt who maintained rights over it. It is one of the Commission's early locks and like St John's was built by J. Nock. The lock was partially rebuilt in 1877 and a house was proposed at the same time. Previously the keeper lived at Eynsham and covered the whole stretch from Newbridge to King's Weir. A new cut was dug below the lock by 1899 when some reconstruction was carried out.[3] The stone lock keeper's house dates from 1932.

Access to the lock[edit]

The lock can be reached (by authorised vehicles or on foot) from Farmoor on a track behind the reservoir.

Reach above the lock[edit]

The river winds past Farmoor Reservoir and Bablock Hythe where there used to be a ferry. This part of the river was frequented by Matthew Arnold and his "Scholar Gipsy".

The Thames Path crosses the river over the lock head gates to the northern bank towards Stanton Harcourt, and rejoins the river at Bablockhythe. It then continues alongside the river to Northmoor Lock.

See also[edit]


  • H.M. Colvin (1997). A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840. New Haven: Yale University Press. p. 484. ISBN 0-300-07207-4. 
  • Thacker, Fred. S. (1968) [1920]. The Thames Highway: Volume II Locks and Weirs. Newton Abbot: David and Charles. 

External links[edit]

Next lock upstream River Thames Next lock downstream
Northmoor Lock
6.21 km (3.86 mi) [4]
Pinkhill Lock
Grid reference: SP440071
Eynsham Lock
2.38 km (1.48 mi)[4]
Next crossing upstream River Thames Next crossing downstream
Hart's Weir Footbridge Pinkhill Lock Swinford Toll Bridge
Next crossing upstream Thames Path Next crossing downstream
northern bank
Pinkhill Lock southern bank
Medley Footbridge


  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. ^ Colvin, 1997, page 484
  3. ^ Thacker, 1920/1968, page 90-93
  4. ^ a b "Environment Agency Distances between locks on the River Thames". web page. Environmental Agency. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012.  Distances given in km