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Bowbridge Lock

Bowbridge Lock

Bowbridge Lock with most of the brickwork complete
(Photo: 2064 - 30/05/2015)

The restoration of Bowbridge Lock itself was completed in 2015 with some remaining work to the retaining walls between the tail of the lock and the adjacent Bowbridge Bridge completed in 2016.

Construction: Bowbridge Lock is the third lock on the Thames & Severn Canal on the section of the canal between Wallbridge and the former interchange facilities at Brimscombe Port. It was built to accommodate Severn trows rather than Thames barges, and is thus a little over 16 feet wide and 68 feet long, with a rise of 10 feet (3m). The chamber is brick lined with a substantial stone coping.

The approach at the head of the lock is quite abrupt, the cut narrowing sharply; on both sides there are ground paddles set at right-angles to the canal, in the ends of the lock structure above the top gates.  

Bowbridge Lock

Most of the work on the lock has been carries out by WRG
(Photo: 2848 - 06/04/2015)

Work on restoring this lock started in March 2014, and is largely being undertaken by volunteers.

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Volunteer replacing brickwork on Bowbridge Lock
(Photo: 2985 - 06/04/2015)

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New concrete retaining wall at Bowbridge Lock
(Photo: 2327 - 01/06/2014)

A new concrete retaining wall was constructed on the off-side of the lock by contractors in April-May 2014 before volunteers took over.

Before Restoration Started

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Bowbridge Lock before work started in 2014
(Photo: 2745 - 01/03/2014)

Bowbridge Lock

Bowbridge Lock looking towards Stroud
(Photo: 2802 - 13/03/2013)

Bowbridge Circular Spill Weir

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Circular spill weir Bowbridge Lock after restoration in 2015
(Photo: 2524 - 28/12/2015)

Bowbridge Lock

Circular spill weir Bowbridge Lock after restoration in 2015
(Photo: 2744)

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Circular spill weir Bowbridge Lock before restoration
(Photo: 3097 - 13/03/2013)