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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright

Caen Hill Locks 29 to 44

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Devizes Yard Bridge no 143 : Sir Hugh Stockwell Lock no 44 : Lock No 43 : Monument Lock No 42 : Boto X Lock no 41 : Paul Ensor Lock no 40 : Scaggs Lock no 39 : Jack Dalby Lock no 38 : Locks 37 to 31 :

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2009 ST9861 : Kennet and Avon canal above Caen Hill by Rob Purvis2009 ST9861 : Going down by Roger Gittins2005 ST9861 : Leaving the Lock by Maigheach-gheal
2008 ST9861 : View down Caen Hill locks by David Martin2010 ST9861 : A side pond near the top of Caen Hill Locks by Steve Daniels2009 ST9861 : Narrow boats leave an upper lock at the top of the Caen Hill flight by Sarah Charlesworth
2009 ST9861 : Lock Gates by Roger Gittins2010 ST9861 : Caen Hill Locks on the Kennet & Avon Canal by Steve Daniels2010 ST9861 : Working down the locks by Christine Johnstone


2010
ST9861 : Dropping off  the edge by Christine Johnstone
Below is the Caen Flight, but it is so steep the Kennet and Avon canal appears to be dropping off the edge of the hill.
by Christine Johnstone


2009
ST9861 : Caen Hill Locks by Roger Gittins
Towards the top end of Caen Hill flight. The sign on the left says that the near lock is named after Sir Hugh Stockwell president of the Kennet and Avon Trust.
by Roger Gittins


2005
ST9861 : Caen Hill Flight, Lock 44 Downwards by Paul Huntley
View down the Caen Hill flight of 16 locks on the Kennet & Avon Canal, West of Devizes, Wiltshire; this is part of a set of 29 locks lowering the navigation level a total of 108 8 in 2 1/4 miles.

Taken by C Langham of Gloucestershire from an over-bridge of lock above, shows one paddle drawn to equalise the water level in preparation for a boat going down into the lock; the level is now correct and the gates have drifted apart, so require opening by the crew, prior to the boat continuing.
by Paul Huntley


1977
ST9861 : Looking down Caen Hill locks in 1977 by Dr Neil Clifton
The sorry sight that was the Caen Hill flight of locks as they were in 1977 gives some idea of the debt of gratitude we owe to all of those volunteers who worked so hard in many different capacities to restore this wonderful flight of locks to the splendid sight it presents today
by Dr Neil Clifton


1985
ST9861 : Caen Hill locks, Devizes by Dr Neil Clifton
At the time of this photograph, the huge task of restoring these locks had been started, but by no means finished.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2000
ST9861 : Top of Caen Hill Flight by Trevor Pearce-Jones
Near the top of the Caen Hill flight with the Keepers House Cafe in the background
by Trevor Pearce-Jones


2010
ST9861 : The top-most side pond on the Caen Hill flight by Christine Johnstone
In the 1970s Nicholson's guide to the Waterways of the south west said "The scale of the whole flight is most impressive. All of it is of course unusable; the gates are missing, the intervening pounds silted or overgrown. One or two have even been turned into pastures, horses now grazing where the water to fill the locks was stored. The task of restoration is enormous, but work is slowly getting under way. Pounds are being cleared, but the major task of lock restoration still lies ahead."
by Christine Johnstone


2009
ST9861 : View down Caen Hill Locks by Roger Gittins
Each lock has a side pond to replenish 60 000 gall (273m3) water lost each time it is used.
by Roger Gittins


2010
ST9861 : Fourteen done, two to go! by Christine Johnstone
There are 16 locks rising nearly 131ft in the Caen Hill flight. The locks are so close together, each needs a side pond to ensure there is enough water to fill both the lock and the pound between each lock.
by Christine Johnstone


2006
ST9861 : Side Pool, Caen Hill Locks. by Simon Scurr
The side pools, or reservoirs provide the 'header-tanks' required to keep the Caen Hill locks operating. Each lock has a large reservoir. Pre-Victorian engineering.
by Simon Scurr


1977
ST9861 : The derelict Caen Hill flight in 1977 by Dr Neil Clifton
This is taken looking upwards from the middle of the Caen Hill flight of locks, and shows the lamentable state of these locks before their restoration.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2010
ST9861 : Volcanic sunset over the Caen Hill Flight by Doug Lee
On the first (at time of writing, there could easily be more) day that dust from the eruption of a volcano beneath the Eyjafjallajoekull glacier in Iceland put a stop to air travel in UK airspace the possibility for "spectacular sunsets" was played out in the media. In the event the dust has noticeably reddened the sky and seems to have dimmed the sun beyond what would normally be expected for these conditions but without an excess of spectacle.

At this time in the evening the canal is quiet with all boats supposed to have cleared the Caen Hill Flight well before sunset and such was the case here. The spectacular sunset failed to the arrive but did so to a rather restful audio soundtrack of splashes from fish leaping in the side ponds and of the singing of two competing robins. The birds took it in turns to sing from my right and then left as it would seem that the canal towpath forms the border of their territories.
by Doug Lee


1977
ST9861 : Looking up the Caen Hill locks in 1977 by Dr Neil Clifton
A view upwards of the locks of the famous Caen Hill flight as they stood derelict in 1977, before their restoration by dedicated volunteers.
by Dr Neil Clifton

2010 ST9861 : Caen Hill Locks on the Kennet & Avon Canal by Steve Daniels2009 ST9861 : Caen Hill locks from near the B3101 bridge by Andrew Gritt1985 ST9861 : Looking up Caen Hill locks in 1985 by John Baker1985 ST9861 : Looking up Caen Hill locks in 1985 by John Baker
2005 ST9861 : Caen Hill Locks, Devizes by John Sparshatt2010 ST9861 : One of the Caen Hill side ponds by Christine Johnstone2010 ST9861 : Looking up Caen Hill Locks by Steve Daniels





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