Caen Hill Locks


Bournemouth, United Kingdom

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Caen Hill Locks

Number of views as of 8th March 2018 = 480.

Caen Hill Locks are a flight of locks on the Kennet and Avon canal, near Devizes, in Wiltshire, England. The canal has over 100 locks and there are 29 of them on this 2 mile section between Sells Green and Devizes, where the canal climbs a 1 in 44 gradient.

Caen Hill Locks were originally the work of engineer John Rennie, whose work on canals, aqueducts, bridges and dockyards marks him as one of the foremost engineers of his time.

The Kennet and Avon canal runs from Bristol to Reading and Caen Hill was the last section of the canal to be completed in 1810, thus enabling an inland waterway connection between the cities of Bristol and London.

Water was pumped to the summit of the canal from the Crofton pumping station near Marlborough, which houses the oldest working beam engine in the world.

The canal prospered for much of the 19th century and was used to transport many products by barge and narrow boat, including coal and stone from local quarries. However the coming of the railways took away much of its trade and as time passed the canal fell into disrepair.

A major restoration project by the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, British Waterways and local authorities began in 1975 and resulted in the canal being reopened, primarily for leisure craft in 1990.

Date: 30th December 2008.

Click here to see more of the Kennet and Avon canal.

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