Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Historic lock repaired

REPAIRS to Benson lock have been completed by the Environment Agency.

REPAIRS to Benson lock have been completed by the Environment Agency.

The lock is one of the oldest on the Thames and can be traced back to the 14th  century.

The maintenance work included replacing a damaged A-frame and refurbishing the walkway for river users.

Barry Russell, area operational manager for the agency, said: “Our repairs have made the lock much safer and easier to use. The agency’s role in ensuring that waterway structures remain in good working order is crucial for the success of the River Thames as a navigational waterway.

“The weir helps with the navigation of boats, reduces the river’s impact on ecology and helps with water abstraction as well as helping to manage flood risk.”



Benson lock has both hand and mechanically operated weir gates and an overspill weir to control the level of water in the river.

The weir can be traced back to the late 1300s, when a mill was there but it wasn’t until 1788 that the first timber lock was built. The stone lock was built in 1870.



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