- King's Lock
lock_name = King's Lock [ [http://www.visitthames.co.uk/uploads/a_users_guide_to_the_River_thames.pdf Statistics from Environment Agency "A User's Guide to the River Thames:Part II"] ]
operation = Manual
first = 1928
length = 113’ 1” (34.46m)
width = 16’ 4” (4.97m)
fall = 2’ 6” (0.77m)
sealevel = 192'
distenda = 97 miles
King's Lock is a lock on the
River Thamesin England. It is in open country to the north of Oxford, Oxfordshireon the southern bank of the river.
The lock was one of the last pound locks built on the Thames being built by the
Thames Conservancyin 1928.
At the lock there is a large island. Behind this is the start of the Duke's Cut which connects the Thames to the
Oxford Canaland to a back stream that used to serve the University papermills at Wolvercote and which rejoins the Thames at Godstow Lock.
The weir is on the other side of the island
There was a weir recorded at King's as far back as the 16th century. A pound lock was first proposed in 1817, but never built. A further proposal was made in 1845. The weir had a history of complaints about the water level and lack of attendance for the
flash lock. Around 1872 a boatslide was built for the portage of small boats. [Fred. S. Thacker "The Thames Highway: Volume II Locks and Weirs" 1920 - republished 1968 David & Charles] The weir was rebuilt in 1885 but its replacement by a pound lock did not happen until 1928.
Access to the lock
The lock can be reached down a long track which leads from the Godstow road just where it passes under the A34 Oxford by-pass.
Reach above the lock
Above the lock is the connection with Dukes Cut on the northern side and further on on the southerm bank the Seacourt Stream separates off to rejoin at
Osney Lock. The river runs through completely open country and halfway along the River Evenlodejoins from the northern side. Wharf Stream also joins on the same side just before Eynsham Lock.
Thames Pathfollows the southern bank to Eynsham Lock.
Locks on the River Thames
* [http://www.fellwalk.co.uk/thame822.htm King's Lock] at fellwalk.co.uk
* [http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/429205 Photograph of King's Lock] at geograph.org.uk
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