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Temple Lock on the River Thames

This lock is quite unique in that when a new replacement lock was built in 1890, the builders left the old one in place alongside it. The old lock was modified with channels to enable light craft, skiffs and punts to be transferred up and downstream.

There was a weir and flash lock here from around 1544 - this was updated to a timber pound lock by the Thames Navigation Commissioners in 1773. The lock was rebuilt in 1782 and it remained like this until 1890 when a new lock was built alongside. The first lock keeper's house was built in 1777. Today's house was built in 1959.

Did you know?

Nearby Bisham Abbey is famous today as a national sports centre, but it has an important place in English history. It was founded in the 12th century and was part of the divorce settlement for Henry VIII's fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.

Contact details

Telephone: +44 (0)3708 506 506
Postcode: SL7 1SA

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