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Aldermaston Lock is a lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal, at Aldermaston Wharf in the English county of Berkshire. It stands at the junction of the civil parishes of Padworth, Beenham and Aldermaston.

Aldermaston Lock
ScallopedWallsAldermaston.JPG
Details of the Scalloped Walls
WaterwayKennet and Avon Canal
CountryEngland
CountyBerkshire
Maintained byCanal & River Trust
Operationmanual
First built1718-1723
Latest built1984
Fall8 feet 11 inches (2.72 m)
Heritage statusgrade II listed building
Coordinates51°24′00″N 1°08′13″W / 51.4°N 1.137°W / 51.4; -1.137Coordinates: 51°24′00″N 1°08′13″W / 51.4°N 1.137°W / 51.4; -1.137
Lock No 95

Aldermaston Lock was built between 1718 and 1723 under the supervision of the engineer John Hore of Newbury. It was originally turf-sided, but enlarged in the mid-eighteenth century and given scalloped brick walls. It was altered in 1984 when the walls were raised to the full height of lock as part of its restoration.[1] The original height of the scalloped walls is marked by a line of blue bricks.

It was originally called Brewhouse Lock because Strange's Brewery stood beside it.[2]

Until 2012 the canal was administered by British Waterways, but is now the responsibility of the Canal & River Trust. The lock has a rise/fall of 8 feet 11 inches (2.72 m).[3]

It is a grade II listed building.[1] 200 yards (180 m) towards Reading along the tow path, you can find the K & A Tea Room & Visitor Centre.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Aldermaston Lock". Images of England. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2006.
  2. ^ Site information board.
  3. ^ Pearson, Michael (2003). Kennet & Avon Middle Thames:Pearson's Canal Companion. Rugby: Central Waterways Supplies. ISBN 0-907864-97-X.

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Woolhampton Lock Aldermaston Lock
Grid reference: SU601671
Padworth Lock