lock drawing (2K)
Drungewick Lock and bridge


  Map 7
The state of the lock ~


It was at the end of 1988 that this lock was surveyed prior to the start of restoration work. Initial inspection revealed the extent of the damage caused by over a century of neglect.

first inspection of Drungewick Lock in 1988 (10K)

 lock chamber full of undergrowth (6K)

The lock chamber was filled with a mass of undergrowth, mud and fallen tree trunks, and there were large trees growing dangerously close to the bridge foundations.

large trees growing near lock bridge (6K)

  extensive undergrowth concealing canal bed (10K)

Above the lock it was difficult to see that there had once even been a canal here.


As 1989 began, over 600 yards of tough jungle were cleared away, and the canal bed began to reappear.

semi-cleared canal bed (10K)

  dredging of canal bed (9K)

Shortly after, the whole section was dredged by the landowner and once more half a mile of canal was filled with water.

Repairs to Drungewick Lock 2003-2004
Restoration begins ~


After many of the overhanging trees in and around the lock chamber had been cut down, it was the condition of the bridge which warranted urgent attention.

lock bridge without parapets (12K)

  lock bridge (9K)

The arch had been reduced to just one thickness of bricks and was in danger of collapse.


So after the covering of earth had been carefully removed from the crown, a concrete strip was laid over a third of the width of the bridge to consolidate the arch.

lock bridge with concrete strip (11K)

  volunteers clearing lock chamber walls (10K)

Most of the clearance work was accomplished by volunteers over a two week summer canal camp in the summer of 1989.


By the end of the second week the lock chamber was practically cleared of the debris accumulated over the previous 100 years and the fallen trees had been cut up.

cleared lock chamber (10K)

  laying bricks on bridge parapet (10K)

Work on the bridge proceeded quickly as Jack Pocock, expert bricklayer, built up the new parapets with considerable skill.


Over the years many of the original stone masonry blocks of the chamber had been removed and used elsewhere, and a method was devised to make concrete 'look-alike' blocks to replace the missing stones.

chamber walls showing missing stones (10K)

The 'look-alike' blocks


Last updated July 2000