Bray Lock on the River Thames
As the river was fast running and there were many shallow areas at Bray, navigation was difficult for boats and barges. So in 1845 a grass-sided lock was finally built at Bray. Records show that the lock keeper left the gates open when water levels were high, such as after heavy rains.
So the lock was actually being operated only when water levels were low, mainly to provide deeper channels for passing barges and other river craft. It also allowed the local weir and mill owners to charge tolls.
Did you know?
Dorney Court, which is just downstream of Bray Lock, was where the first pineapple was grown in Britain. It was presented to King Charles II.
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