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Culham Lock on the River Thames

Domesday in the 11th century recorded a mill on the River Thames at nearby Sutton Courtenay, where the river originally meandered. However, in those days the lock (probably a flash weir) was difficult to negotiate by boat due to the shallow river - and the tolls were said to be the highest on the Thames, making it unpopular with merchants using the river.

Eventually, in 1809, a new deeper Culham Cut - and a new pound lock - were excavated and both were welcomed by all who used them if only because the tolls were not so high.

Did you know?

Culham is a 'shrunken village' - that is, it's much smaller today than its original size. It is a mystery why this happened. Suggestions include the Black Death and poor harvests following wet summers in the 14th century.

Contact details

Telephone: +44 (0)3708 506 506
Postcode: OX14 4NE

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