Woolhampton Lock

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Woolhampton Lock
Woolhampton Lock.jpg
Woolhampton Lock, with the River Kennet flowing under the towpath bridge in the foreground
Waterway Kennet and Avon Canal
Country England
County Berkshire
Maintained by Canal and River Trust
Operation manual
First built 1718-1723
Fall 8 feet 11 inches (2.72 m)
Coordinates 51°23′41″N 1°10′51″W / 51.3947°N 1.1807°W / 51.3947; -1.1807Coordinates: 51°23′41″N 1°10′51″W / 51.3947°N 1.1807°W / 51.3947; -1.1807

Woolhampton Lock is a lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal, in the village of Woolhampton in the English county of Berkshire. The lock has a rise/fall of 8 feet 11 inches (2.72 m) and is administered by the Canal and River Trust.[1]

The swing bridge and Row Barge public house

Woolhampton Lock lies on the stretch of the canal that was originally built between 1718 and 1723, under the supervision of the engineer John Hore of Newbury, as the Kennet Navigation. This navigation is an improved river navigation rather than a true canal, and consists of sections of the natural riverbed of the River Kennet alternating with artificially created lock cuts and locks.[1]

Woolhampton Lock is at the downstream end of an artificial lock cut, and the river and lock cut rejoin at the foot of the lock. Just to the east and downstream of this, the navigable river is crossed by a swing bridge carrying the road from the centre of Woolhampton village to the nearby village of Brimpton. Adjacent to this bridge is the Row Barge public house.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Pearson, Michael (2003). Kennet & Avon Middle Thames:Pearson's Canal Companion. Rugby: Central Waterways Supplies. ISBN 0-907864-97-X. 
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey (2006). OS Explorer Map 158 - Newbury & Hungerford. ISBN 0-319-46352-4.

External links[edit]

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