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HER Number MWB5798
Record Type Monument
Name Towney Lock (Lock 97)
Grid Reference SU 609 680
Map Sheet SU66NW
Parish Padworth, West Berkshire
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Lock constructed between 1718 and 1723

Other Statuses and Cross-References

  • Berkshire SMR No. (pre 2000): 05050.22.000

Monument Types

  • CANAL LOCK (18th century to 19th century - 1718 AD to 1831 AD)

Full Description

Lock constructed between 1718 and 1723. Was originally turf sided and was rebuilt in 1767 to accommodate the wider Newbury barges. It was narrowed in 1831 to standardise the Kennet and Avon. Until at least the 1960's the wide lock survived with GWR rail and sleeper sides.

Sources and further reading

---Dalby, L J. 1973. The Kennet Navigation. [Unpublished document / SWB14602]
---Clew, K R & The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust Ltd. 1974. The Kennet & Avon Canal Guide. Number One - Historical Background. [Unpublished document / SWB14604]
---Pattray Publications. 1974. Map of the Kennet & Avon Canal - Reading to Hungerford. One inch to the mile. Lock No 97. [Map / SWB14605]
---The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust Ltd. 1980. The Kennet & Avon Canal in Pictures - from Bath to Reading. Photo. [Monograph / SWB14607]
---The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust Ltd. 1990. The Kennet & Avon Canal (Pictorial Journey). Photo. [Monograph / SWB14608]
---Lindley-Jones, P. 2002. Restoring the Kennet & Avon Canal. [Monograph / SWB147997]
---Berry, W. 2009. The Kennet and Avon Navigation - A History. [Monograph / SWB147998]
---Clew, K R. 1973. The Kennet & Avon Canal. [Monograph / SWB6828]

Related Monuments

MWB5758KENNET & AVON CANAL - General record (Monument)

Associated Excavations and Fieldwork

  • None recorded