Itchen Navigation: A Portrait

College Mead - Brambridge

Distance: 0.7 mile (1.1 km)

College Mead Lock

The public footpath crosses the Navigation back to the site of the towing path on west bank at the bridge across the tail end of College Mead Lock. This overgrown and badly eroded lock can be seen from the bridge but there is no further direct public access. However, on the west side of the lock, there are several seats to rest weary bones. Behind these is the restful Hawksley Corner, a garden planted with trees which are memorials to Southern Water employees. This is sometimes known as Otterbourne Memorial Garden.

As part of the Heritage Trail Project, a gap in the masonry remains of the cill and weir at the head of the lock was “widened” to increase water flow. It would seem though that similar measures were not taken to deal with increased flows in the Navigation between here and Brambridge Lock. This has resulted in a situation where, south of the lock, the path can become very muddy and water levels appear to rise higher than before. There is also a small weir across a very shallow Navigation just before entering the main River Itchen below College Mead Bridge.

College Mead Lock
College Mead Lock

Head of College Mead Lock from upstream with a narrow gap in the weir.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU469233. WGS84: 51° 00′ 29″ N 1° 19′ 54″ W.

College Mead Lock

Head of College Mead Lock from upstream with a narrow gap in the weir.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU469233.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 29″ N 1° 19′ 54″ W.

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College Mead Lock
College Mead Lock

Chamber of College Mead Lock from the bridge across the tail.
Image date: 28 May 1976. Image scanned from slide. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU470233. WGS84: 51° 00′ 27″ N 1° 19′ 52″ W.

College Mead Lock

Chamber of College Mead Lock from the bridge across the tail.
Image date: 28 May 1976.
NG Ref: SU470233.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 27″ N 1° 19′ 52″ W.

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College Mead Lock
College Mead Lock

Chamber of College Mead Lock from the bridge across the tail with a widened gap in the weir at the head to improve flow at times of high water levels.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU470233. WGS84: 51° 00′ 27″ N 1° 19′ 52″ W.

College Mead Lock

Chamber of College Mead Lock from the bridge across the tail with a widened gap in the weir at the head.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU470233.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 27″ N 1° 19′ 52″ W.

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College Mead Bridge
College Mead Bridge

1930s bridge across the tail of College Mead Lock where the bottom gates were hung.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU470233. WGS84: 51° 00′ 27″ N 1° 19′ 52″ W.

College Mead Bridge

1930s bridge across the tail of College Mead Lock.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU470233.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 27″ N 1° 19′ 52″ W.

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College Mead Bridge
College Mead Bridge

The older bridge has been updated with a new deck and work on the cracking abutments.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU470233. WGS84: 51° 00′ 27″ N 1° 19′ 52″ W.

College Mead Bridge

The older bridge has been updated with a new deck and work on the cracking abutments.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU470233.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 27″ N 1° 19′ 52″ W.

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Muddy path
Muddy path

The path immediately south of College Mead Lock has been known to get very wet and muddy.
Image date: 3 May 2014. © 2014 Marie Keates. Image from www.iwalkalone.co.uk. NG Ref: SU470233. WGS84: 51° 00′ 27″ N 1° 19′ 53″ W.

Muddy path

The path immediately south of College Mead Lock has been known to get very wet and muddy.
Image date: 3 May 2014.
NG Ref: SU470233.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 27″ N 1° 19′ 53″ W.

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Less muddy path
Less muddy path

Corrective action has been taken to make the path less muddy.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU470233. WGS84: 51° 00′ 27″ N 1° 19′ 53″ W.

Less muddy path

Corrective action has been taken to make the path less muddy.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU470233.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 27″ N 1° 19′ 53″ W.

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Shallow weir
Shallow weir

This shallow weir lies across the Navigation about 50 yards from College Mead Lock and just before it joins the main river.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU470233. WGS84: 51° 00′ 26″ N 1° 19′ 52″ W.

Shallow weir

This shallow weir lies across the Navigation just before it joins the main river.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU470233.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 26″ N 1° 19′ 52″ W.

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Otterbourne Waterworks

The river swings in from the east and on the west bank there is an intake feeding Otterbourne Waterworks, most of which lie to the west of the railway. Originally established by Southampton Corporation towards the end of the nineteenth century as a replacement for the waterworks at Mansbridge, a major expansion took place in the 1930s to provide much of the town‘s water supply. Some water is extracted from the river but most comes from half a dozen boreholes situated in the water meadows to the east. Downstream of the intake, the river flows under a pipe bridge from the boreholes. On the east side the confluence of the river and Navigation runs another channel fed by a number of hatchways from the main river.

Otterbourne Waterworks
Otterbourne Waterworks

The river intake at Otterbourne Waterworks passes under the towing path.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU470232. WGS84: 51° 00′ 24″ N 1° 19′ 51″ W.

Otterbourne Waterworks

The river intake at Otterbourne Waterworks passes under the towing path.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU470232.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 24″ N 1° 19′ 51″ W.

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Merging of the Navigation and main river
Merging of the Navigation and main river

Seen from just north of the pipe bridge, this is the confluence of the Navigation and the river. A further channel can just be seen running parallel a few yards to the right of the main river.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU470232. WGS84: 51° 00′ 23″ N 1° 19′ 50″ W.

Merging of the Navigation and main river

This is the confluence of the Navigation and the river. A further channel can just be seen running parallel a few yards to the right of the main river.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU470232.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 23″ N 1° 19′ 50″ W.

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Otterbourne Waterworks
Otterbourne Waterworks

Looking south at the bridge carrying the water pipes from the boreholes east of the Navigation.
Image date: 28 May 1976. Image scanned from slide. © 2010 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU470232. WGS84: 51° 00′ 24″ N 1° 19′ 51″ W.

Otterbourne Waterworks

Looking south at the bridge carrying the water pipes from the boreholes east of the Navigation.
Image date: 28 May 1976.
NG Ref: SU470232.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 24″ N 1° 19′ 51″ W.

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Pipe bridge
Pipe bridge

Southern Water has felt it necessary to protect the bridge and water pipes with these cages.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU470232. WGS84: 51° 00′ 23″ N 1° 19′ 50″ W.

Pipe bridge

Southern Water has felt it necessary to protect the bridge and water pipes with these cages.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU470232.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 23″ N 1° 19′ 50″ W.

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Otterbourne Waterworks to Downs Bridge

Almost by stealth, the main river leaves the waterway through a series of hatches and weirs on the east bank so that, south of the sharp bend, the Navigation channel is more like a canal than a river. This is a very pleasant stretch of waterway although, despite some work in 2010, the path beside it can be quite muddy. An area of uncared for woodland occupies the area to the north-west of the towing path and the trees here are prone falling and blocking the path.

Documented as Downs Bridge in the mid-19th century, the next structure of note is a fairly modern concrete replacement of the original structure.

Below Otterbourne Waterworks
Below Otterbourne Waterworks

The Navigation (on the right) and the main River Itchen below Otterbourne Waterworks looking downstream.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471231. WGS84: 51° 00′ 20″ N 1° 19′ 48″ W.

Below Otterbourne Waterworks

The Navigation (on the right) and the main River Itchen below Otterbourne Waterworks looking downstream.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU471231.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 20″ N 1° 19′ 48″ W.

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Fishing hut and sluiceway
Fishing hut and sluiceway

A small fishing hut and sluiceway on the offside just below the sharp bend in the Navigation. The sluiceway feeds the Rosemary Leet, a side-stream that eventually rejoins the Navigation below Brambridge Lock.
Image date: 18 Mar 2013. © Shazz (cc-by-sa/2.0). Image from www.geograph.org.uk. NG Ref: SU471229. WGS84: 51° 00′ 15″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

Fishing hut and sluiceway

A small fishing hut and sluiceway on the offside just below the sharp bend in the Navigation.
Image date: 18 Mar 2013.
NG Ref: SU471229.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 15″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

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Itchen Navigation
Itchen Navigation

Navigation between Otterbourne Waterworks and Brambridge looking downstream.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471229. WGS84: 51° 00′ 15″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

Itchen Navigation

Navigation between Otterbourne Waterworks and Brambridge looking downstream.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU471229.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 15″ N 1° 19′ 45″ W.

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Uncleared debris
Uncleared debris

A fallen tree has been cleared from the path but the upper branches have not been removed from the waterway.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU471229. WGS84: 51° 00′ 14″ N 1° 19′ 47″ W.

Uncleared debris

A fallen tree has been cleared from the path but the upper branches have not been removed from the waterway.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU471229.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 14″ N 1° 19′ 47″ W.

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Itchen Navigation
Itchen Navigation

The Navigation between Otterbourne Waterworks and Brambridge looking upstream.
Image date: 25 Sep 2009. © 2010 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU470228. WGS84: 51° 00′ 12″ N 1° 19′ 49″ W.

Itchen Navigation

The Navigation between Otterbourne Waterworks and Brambridge looking upstream.
Image date: 25 Sep 2009.
NG Ref: SU470228.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 12″ N 1° 19′ 49″ W.

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A wet path
A wet path

The path sometimes has overflowing water, especially when water levels are high. Sometimes, as here, there can be makeshift aids to walkers.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU470228. WGS84: 51° 00′ 11″ N 1° 19′ 50″ W.

A wet path

The path sometimes has overflowing water, especially when water levels are high. On occasion, as here, there can be makeshift aids to walkers.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU470228.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 11″ N 1° 19′ 50″ W.

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Above Downs Bridge
Above Downs Bridge

Looking downstream at Downs Bridge, partially hidden by tree growth.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU469227. WGS84: 51° 00′ 09″ N 1° 19′ 56″ W.

Above Downs Bridge

Looking downstream at Downs Bridge, partially hidden by tree growth.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU469227.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 09″ N 1° 19′ 56″ W.

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Downs Bridge
Downs Bridge

Downs Bridge from downstream.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU468227. WGS84: 51° 00′ 07″ N 1° 19′ 59″ W.

Downs Bridge

Downs Bridge from downstream.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU468227.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 07″ N 1° 19′ 59″ W.

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Downs Bridge to Brambridge Lock

South of this bridge, the Navigation is sheltered on both sides by mature trees. The artificial origin of this section of waterway is betrayed by the straightness of the channel with a sudden bend. Near that bend the remains of three hatches controlling culverts under the towing path were cleared during 2008 by volunteers helping with the Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail Project. Two iron ratchet and pawl mechanisms for operating the hatches remained in position although one went missing during conservation work. Water was leaking into the structure, threatening it, and the Navigation’s bank in which it sat, with collapse. Stone gabions were installed in 2010, to support the structure and prevent further deterioration. A replacement oak beam was also installed to allow the remaining cast iron hatch mechanism to be displayed.

These hatches may have been used to drown the water meadows in the area or they may have been involved in the water supply to the moat of Otterbourne Manor which lies just west of the railway. This supply would have been intercepted by the Navigation when it was built. Or they might have been used simply to allow water to bypass Brambridge Lock as there is a water channel running parallel to the canal that enters the Navigation just below the lock. Although these hatches are more substantial and of a slightly different design, an idea of how these hatches looked may be gained from this picture of a similar, former structure north of Shawford at Tumbling Bay.

Some 50 yards further south, the walker comes to Brambridge Lock.

Above Brambridge
Above Brambridge

Looking towards Brambridge from Downs Bridge.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU469227. WGS84: 51° 00′ 08″ N 1° 19′ 59″ W.

Above Brambridge

Looking towards Brambridge from Downs Bridge.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU469227.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 08″ N 1° 19′ 59″ W.

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Hatch gear
Hatch gear

Remains of the two hatch operating mechanisms upstream of Brambridge Lock in their original position half-hidden in the undergrowth.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU468226. WGS84: 51° 00′ 05″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

Hatch gear

Remains of the two hatch operating mechanisms upstream of Brambridge Lock in their original position half-hidden in the undergrowth.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU468226.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 05″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

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Hatch gear
Hatch gear

Close-up of the remains of one of the hatch operating mechanisms near Brambridge Lock.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU468226. WGS84: 51° 00′ 05″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

Hatch gear

Close-up of the remains of one of the hatch operating mechanisms near Brambridge Lock.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU468226.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 05″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

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Old hatches
Old hatches

Remains of hatches near Brambridge Lock cleared of undergrowth.
Image date: 25 Sep 2009. © 2010 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU468226. WGS84: 51° 00′ 06″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

Old hatches

Remains of hatches near Brambridge Lock cleared of undergrowth.
Image date: 25 Sep 2009.
NG Ref: SU468226.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 06″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

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Spillway
Spillway

The spillway below the hatches cleared of undergrowth.
Image date: 25 Sep 2009. © 2010 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU468226. WGS84: 51° 00′ 06″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

Spillway

The spillway below the hatches cleared of undergrowth.
Image date: 25 Sep 2009.
NG Ref: SU468226.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 06″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

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Reinforced hatches
Reinforced hatches

The hatches near Brambridge Lock strengthened with gabions to prevent collapse.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU468226. WGS84: 51° 00′ 06″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

Reinforced hatches

The hatches near Brambridge Lock strengthened with gabions to prevent collapse.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU468226.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 06″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

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Reinforced hatches
Reinforced hatches

The spillway of the strengthened hatches.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU468226. WGS84: 51° 00′ 06″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

Reinforced hatches

The spillway of the strengthened hatches.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU468226.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 06″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

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Brambridge Lock

An old eel trap straddles the waterway about 10-15 yards to the north of the former position of the top gates of Brambridge Lock. This trap wasn’t part of the lock being built after barges stopped plying the Itchen.

A substantial amount of brickwork remains at both the head and the tail of this lock. However, most of the earthen banks once forming this turf-sided lock have been reduced to the lower water level so that brickwork stands up above the ground. Unusually, the courses of brickwork forming the offside tail wall of the lock were laid at a considerable angle from the horizontal. It is not possible to see whether the nearside wall is the same.

There is the remains of a waterwheel near the east side of the head of the lock. Known as Brambridge House Mill, this seems to have been a water powered pumping mill/wheel to supply water to Brambridge House. It was not the centuries old Brambridge Mill that was nearby but demolished before 1870.

The Rosemary Leet that left the Navigation upstream rejoins the waterway below the lock spanned by a footbridge.

Fish weir
Fish weir

Fish weir / eel trap above Brambridge Lock seen from upstream.
Image date: 28 May 1976. Image scanned from slide. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU468226. WGS84: 51° 00′ 04″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

Fish weir

Fish weir / eel trap above Brambridge Lock seen from upstream.
Image date: 28 May 1976.
NG Ref: SU468226.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 04″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

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Fish weir
Fish weir

Fish weir / eel trap above Brambridge Lock seen from upstream.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU468226. WGS84: 51° 00′ 04″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

Fish weir

Fish weir / eel trap above Brambridge Lock seen from upstream.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU468226.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 04″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

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Eel trap
Eel trap

Eel trap above Brambridge Lock. This structure was not part of the lock.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU468226. WGS84: 51° 00′ 04″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

Eel trap

Eel trap above Brambridge Lock. This structure was not part of the lock.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU468226.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 04″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

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The head of Brambridge Lock
The head of Brambridge Lock

The head of Brambridge Lock seen from above but below the eel trap.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU468226. WGS84: 51° 00′ 04″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

The head of Brambridge Lock

The head of Brambridge Lock seen from above but below the eel trap.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU468226.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 04″ N 1° 20′ 03″ W.

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The head of Brambridge Lock
The head of Brambridge Lock

The head of Brambridge Lock seen from below.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU468225. WGS84: 51° 00′ 03″ N 1° 20′ 04″ W.

The head of Brambridge Lock

The head of Brambridge Lock seen from below.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU468225.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 03″ N 1° 20′ 04″ W.

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The Old Canal
The Old Canal

Pencil drawing entitled “The old canal - near Brambridge.” Drawn by Haywood Sumner. The picture shows the bottom gates of the lock.
Image date: 1880. NG Ref: SU468225. WGS84: 51° 00′ 03″ N 1° 20′ 04″ W.

The Old Canal

Pencil drawing entitled “The old canal - near Brambridge.” Drawn by Haywood Sumner.
Image date: 1880.
NG Ref: SU468225.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 03″ N 1° 20′ 04″ W.

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Keep Out!
Keep Out!

Recently erected fence between the footpath and the lock.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU468226. WGS84: 51° 00′ 03″ N 1° 20′ 04″ W.

Keep Out!

Recently erected fence between the footpath and the lock.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU468226.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 03″ N 1° 20′ 04″ W.

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Brambridge Lock
Brambridge Lock

Masonry on the off side at the tail of Brambridge Lock.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU468225. WGS84: 51° 00′ 03″ N 1° 20′ 04″ W.

Brambridge Lock

Masonry on the off side at the tail of Brambridge Lock.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU468225.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 03″ N 1° 20′ 04″ W.

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Brambridge Lock to Kiln Lane, Brambridge

Below the lock the Navigation, the east bank and the grounds of Kingfisher Lodge are screened from view from the path by high fencing and dense vegetation. Until 2017, a not very long stretch of this path is almost always damp - sometimes flooded. Some trees were cut down widening the normally muddy stretch of path and a new raised boardwalk was built.

The tail of Brambridge Lock
The tail of Brambridge Lock

The tail of Brambridge Lock from downstream with the Rosemary Leet returning to the Navigation after passing under the footbridge on the right.
Image date: 1890. Image from magic lantern slide. NG Ref: SU467225. WGS84: 51° 00′ 01″ N 1° 20′ 05″ W.

The tail of Brambridge Lock

The tail of Brambridge Lock with the Rosemary Leet returning to the Navigation after passing under the footbridge on the right.
Image date: 1890.
NG Ref: SU467225.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 01″ N 1° 20′ 05″ W.

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The new boardwalk
The new boardwalk

This boardwalk crosses several drains which enter the Navigation below the lock. The footbridge in the foreground of the 1890 picture performed the same function.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU467225. WGS84: 51° 00′ 02″ N 1° 20′ 05″ W.

The new boardwalk

This boardwalk crosses several drains which enter the Navigation below the lock.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU467225.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 02″ N 1° 20′ 05″ W.

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The high fence
The high fence

This fence extends for around 100 yards from the tail of the lock blocking the view of the Navigation and the properties beyond.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU467225. WGS84: 51° 00′ 01″ N 1° 20′ 05″ W.

The high fence

This fence extends for around 100 yards from the tail of the lock blocking the view of the Navigation and the properties beyond.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU467225.
WGS84: 51° 00′ 01″ N 1° 20′ 05″ W.

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Kiln Lane Bridge, Brambridge
Kiln Lane Bridge, Brambridge

The bridge carrying Kiln Lane over the Navigation.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU467224. WGS84: 50° 59′ 58″ N 1° 20′ 05″ W.

Kiln Lane Bridge, Brambridge

The bridge carrying Kiln Lane over the Navigation.
Image date: 13 Apr 2003.
NG Ref: SU467224.
WGS84: 50° 59′ 58″ N 1° 20′ 05″ W.

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View from Kiln Lane Bridge
View from Kiln Lane Bridge

Upstream of Kiln Lane Bridge, the bridge at the junction of the Navigation and Rosemary Leet can be seen. To the left, the tail of the lock is almost obscured. A low weir crosses the Navigation some 80 yards away.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU467224. WGS84: 50° 59′ 58″ N 1° 20′ 06″ W.

View from Kiln Lane Bridge

Upstream of Kiln Lane Bridge, the bridge at the junction of the Navigation and Rosemary Leet can be seen. To the left, the tail of the lock is almost obscured. A low weir crosses the Navigation some 80 yards away.
Image date: 16 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU467224.
WGS84: 50° 59′ 58″ N 1° 20′ 06″ W.

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One of the pictures on this page is shown by kind permission of Marie Keates. A keen walker, she has written about and illustrated several attempts to walk the full length of the Navigation during 2013 in her blog at http://www.iwalkalone.co.uk. She has walked along all or parts of the Navigation often since then: all illustrated with some excellent photographs.