Itchen Navigation: A Portrait

Sandy Lock - Mans Bridge

Distance: 0.7 mile (1.2 km)

The Itchen Way along the Navigation between Bishopstoke and Mansbridge is currently the least well used section of the path and as a result is walkable but unkempt and less “cared for”. After wet weather, the path can be quite muddy. Also it should be pointed out that the walk between these two places is over three miles and that it is almost impossible to gain access to, or leave, the path en route. It is possible to access or leave the path at Fish House Bay or via the Itchen Valley Country Park visitor centre across the meadows but this latter may be wetter/muddier and no shorter than the Itchen Way.

Sandy Lock to the M27

The canal south of Sandy Lock is in places dry, in others boggy and reedy. The towing path bank has been removed in parts and can be muddy and slippery after wet weather. Some 200 yards south of the lock a very overgrown earth ramp has replaced the original wooden Cow Pasture Bridge.

Some 80 yards south of the site of the bridge, the waterway turns towards the south west. Within the water meadows east of the path, in amongst drains both wet and dry, various pieces of brickwork may be seen poking out of the vegetation. These are the remains of various features used to control the flow of water within this part of the meadows, including even an aqueduct to carry one drain over another. They are nothing to do directly with the Navigation. However, the Navigation was used to supply water to the meadows and there were once a series of hatches (sluices) in the towing path bank along the waterway from Lock House Lock for that purpose.

Site of Cow Pasture Bridge
Site of Cow Pasture Bridge

In amongst the bushes on the left is an earthen ramp replacing the original wooden bridge. It was just south of the more modern iron railing.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU453162. WGS84: 50° 56′ 37″ N 1° 21′ 19″ W.

Site of Cow Pasture Bridge

In amongst the bushes on the left is an earthen ramp replacing the original wooden bridge.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU453162.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 37″ N 1° 21′ 19″ W.

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South of Cow Pasture Bridge 1976
South of Cow Pasture Bridge 1976

Looking north towards the site of Cow Pasture Bridge.
Image date: 28 May 1976. Image scanned from slide. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU453161. WGS84: 50° 56′ 35″ N 1° 21′ 20″ W.

South of Cow Pasture Bridge 1976

Looking north towards the site of Cow Pasture Bridge.
Image date: 28 May 1976.
NG Ref: SU453161.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 35″ N 1° 21′ 20″ W.

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South of Cow Pasture Bridge 2013
South of Cow Pasture Bridge 2013

Looking north towards the site of Cow Pasture Bridge.
Image date: 4 Mar 2013. © Shazz (cc-by-sa/2.0). Image from www.geograph.org.uk. NG Ref: SU453161. WGS84: 50° 56′ 35″ N 1° 21′ 20″ W.

South of Cow Pasture Bridge 2013

Looking north towards the site of Cow Pasture Bridge.
Image date: 4 Mar 2013.
NG Ref: SU453161.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 35″ N 1° 21′ 20″ W.

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Drain carrying aqueduct
Drain carrying aqueduct

East of the canal and part of the irrigation of the meadows, this aqueduct carried one drain over another.
Image date: 25 Oct 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU454161. WGS84: 50° 56′ 34″ N 1° 21′ 17″ W.

Drain carrying aqueduct

East of the canal and part of the irrigation of the meadows, this aqueduct carried one drain over another.
Image date: 25 Oct 2003.
NG Ref: SU454161.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 34″ N 1° 21′ 17″ W.

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Muddy path
Muddy path

After wet weather, parts of the path can become muddy.
Image date: 20 Jan 2010. © dinglefoot (cc-by-sa/2.0). Image from www.geograph.org.uk. NG Ref: SU452160. WGS84: 50° 56′ 32″ N 1° 21′ 28″ W.

Muddy path

After wet weather, parts of the path can become muddy.
Image date: 20 Jan 2010.
NG Ref: SU452160.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 32″ N 1° 21′ 28″ W.

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Water in the canal
Water in the canal

After a period of rain, in places the canal can appear quite full but the water is quite shallow after 150 years of disuse and silting.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU451160. WGS84: 50° 56′ 31″ N 1° 21′ 29″ W.

Water in the canal

After a period of rain, in places the canal can appear quite full but the water is quite shallow after 150 years of disuse.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU451160.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 31″ N 1° 21′ 29″ W.

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North side of the M27
North side of the M27

The truncated Navigation on the north side of the M27 looking towards Mans Bridge.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU450159. WGS84: 50° 56′ 29″ N 1° 21′ 36″ W.

North side of the M27

The truncated Navigation on the north side of the M27 looking towards Mans Bridge.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU450159.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 29″ N 1° 21′ 36″ W.

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M27 crossing

About a half mile from Sandy Lock, the Navigation is blocked by the M27 motorway - this section of which was opened to traffic in December 1983. The path is diverted east along the north side of the motorway until it passes under a bridge built for the North Stoneham Carrier (a stream draining the water meadows) and returns along the south side. This adds about 700 yards to the length of the original route. As with the blockage of the Navigation for the M3 near Winchester, legal powers have been taken to enable a new route for the waterway to be built, but construction will not commence until restoration of the canal is under way. Indeed, land has been set aside for the diversion.

South of the motorway, about 125 yards of the canal were dredged in 1993 to something like the original dimensions as part of archaeological investigations of the canal. However, through lack of any maintenance this stretch became reed filled again.

Future site of the M27
Future site of the M27

The Navigation north of Mansbridge Lock at the site of the future M27 crossing.
Image date: 28 May 1976. Image scanned from slide. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU450159. WGS84: 50° 56′ 27″ N 1° 21′ 39″ W.

Future site of the M27

The Navigation north of Mansbridge Lock at the site of the future M27 crossing.
Image date: 28 May 1976.
NG Ref: SU450159.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 27″ N 1° 21′ 39″ W.

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Motorway obliterates waterway
Motorway obliterates waterway

Construction of the M27 motorway obliterates a section of the waterway looking north.
Image date: Winter 1981. Image scanned from slide. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU449158. WGS84: 50° 56′ 27″ N 1° 21′ 40″ W.

Motorway obliterates waterway

Construction of the M27 motorway obliterates a section of the waterway looking north.
Image date: Winter 1981.
NG Ref: SU449158.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 27″ N 1° 21′ 40″ W.

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The recently opened M27
The recently opened M27

The footpath running along the north side of the recently opened M27 motorway. The Navigation is in the line of trees on the right.
Image date: 1984. Image scanned from slide. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU452158. WGS84: 50° 56′ 24″ N 1° 21′ 27″ W.

The recently opened M27

The footpath running along the north side of the recently opened M27 motorway.
Image date: 1984.
NG Ref: SU452158.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 24″ N 1° 21′ 27″ W.

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Path on north side of M27 in winter
Path on north side of M27 in winter

The footpath running along the north side of the M27 pictured in February.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU452158. WGS84: 50° 56′ 24″ N 1° 21′ 29″ W.

Path on north side of M27 in winter

The footpath running along the north side of the M27 pictured in February.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU452158.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 24″ N 1° 21′ 29″ W.

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Path on north side of M27 in summer
Path on north side of M27 in summer

The footpath running along the north side of the M27 pictured in July.
Image date: 10 Jul 2010. © Mike Faherty (cc-by-sa/2.0). Image from www.geograph.org.uk. NG Ref: SU450159. WGS84: 50° 56′ 27″ N 1° 21′ 35″ W.

Path on north side of M27 in summer

The footpath running along the north side of the M27 pictured in July.
Image date: 10 Jul 2010.
NG Ref: SU450159.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 27″ N 1° 21′ 35″ W.

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North side of M27 bridge
North side of M27 bridge

North side of the motorway bridge crossing the North Stoneham Carrier and where the Itchen Way passes under the M27.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU452157. WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 25″ W.

North side of M27 bridge

North side of the motorway bridge crossing the North Stoneham Carrier and where the Itchen Way passes under the M27.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU452157.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 25″ W.

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South side of M27 bridge
South side of M27 bridge

South side of the motorway bridge crossing the North Stoneham Carrier where the Itchen Way passes under the M27.
Image date: 25 Oct 2003. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU452156. WGS84: 50° 56′ 20″ N 1° 21′ 27″ W.

South side of M27 bridge

South side of the motorway bridge crossing the North Stoneham Carrier where the Itchen Way passes under the M27.
Image date: 25 Oct 2003.
NG Ref: SU452156.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 20″ N 1° 21′ 27″ W.

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On the south side of the M27
On the south side of the M27

On the south side of the motorway, the diverted path approaches the Navigation.
Image date: 10 Jan 2018. © 2018 Keith Murray (cc-by-nc-nd/2.0). Image from www.flickr.com. NG Ref: SU450158. WGS84: 50° 56′ 26″ N 1° 21′ 39″ W.

On the south side of the M27

On the south side of the motorway, the diverted path approaches the Navigation.
Image date: 10 Jan 2018.
NG Ref: SU450158.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 26″ N 1° 21′ 39″ W.

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The truncated Navigation
The truncated Navigation

The truncated Navigation on the south side of the M27 looking towards Sandy Lock.
Image date: 27 Apr 2013. © 2013 Clive Richardson (cc-by-nc-nd/2.0). Image from www.flickr.com. NG Ref: SU449158. WGS84: 50° 56′ 27″ N 1° 21′ 40″ W.

The truncated Navigation

The truncated Navigation on the south side of the M27 looking towards Sandy Lock.
Image date: 27 Apr 2013.
NG Ref: SU449158.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 27″ N 1° 21′ 40″ W.

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North of Mansbridge Lock
North of Mansbridge Lock

The Navigation looking south from the truncated end near the M27 towards Mansbridge Lock with reeds taking over the dredged channel again.
Image date: 25 Oct 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU449159. WGS84: 50° 56′ 27″ N 1° 21′ 40″ W.

North of Mansbridge Lock

The Navigation looking south from the truncated end near the M27 towards Mansbridge Lock with reeds taking over the dredged channel again.
Image date: 25 Oct 2003.
NG Ref: SU449159.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 27″ N 1° 21′ 40″ W.

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Mansbridge Lock

At the south end of the dredged length are the remains of Mansbridge Lock. For many years this lock was quite overgrown and relatively unknown. It then became the subject of an archaeological excavation by the Southampton City Archaeological Unit in 1992. Further details can be found in the Southampton Historic Environment Record (HER). Parts of the floor of the lock, particularly the top cill were found to be lined with wooden boards. These were covered up again for protection. The turf-sided lock chamber is quite eroded. At some time a large iron pipe had been inserted diagonally through the chamber.

Mansbridge Lock from the north
Mansbridge Lock from the north

View of Mansbridge Lock from the north.
Image date: 30 Mar 2012. © Chris Wimbush (cc-by-sa/2.0). Image from www.geograph.org.uk. NG Ref: SU449158. WGS84: 50° 56′ 24″ N 1° 21′ 44″ W.

Mansbridge Lock from the north

View of Mansbridge Lock from the north.
Image date: 30 Mar 2012.
NG Ref: SU449158.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 24″ N 1° 21′ 44″ W.

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Dam above Mansbridge Lock
Dam above Mansbridge Lock

This dam was inserted a few yards above the lock in 1993 when the section above was dredged as part of the archaeological investigations.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU448158. WGS84: 50° 56′ 24″ N 1° 21′ 45″ W.

Dam above Mansbridge Lock

This dam was inserted a few yards above the lock in 1993 when the section above was dredged.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU448158.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 24″ N 1° 21′ 45″ W.

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Offside of the head of Mansbridge Lock
Offside of the head of Mansbridge Lock

Brickwork on the offside of the head of Mansbridge Lock including a large iron nail to secure wooden fendering.
Image date: 28 May 1976. Image scanned from slide. © 2010 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU448157. WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 46″ W.

Offside of the head of Mansbridge Lock

Brickwork on the offside of the head of Mansbridge Lock.
Image date: 28 May 1976.
NG Ref: SU448157.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 46″ W.

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General view of Mansbridge Lock
General view of Mansbridge Lock

General view of Mansbridge Lock looking south during excavations.
Image date: 1992. Image scanned from slide. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU448157. WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 46″ W.

General view of Mansbridge Lock

General view of Mansbridge Lock looking south during excavations.
Image date: 1992.
NG Ref: SU448157.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 46″ W.

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Head of Mansbridge Lock
Head of Mansbridge Lock

Brickwork on offside at head of Mansbridge Lock during excavations.
Image date: 1992. Image scanned from slide. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU448157. WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 46″ W.

Head of Mansbridge Lock

Brickwork on offside at head of Mansbridge Lock during excavations.
Image date: 1992.
NG Ref: SU448157.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 46″ W.

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Tail of Mansbridge Lock
Tail of Mansbridge Lock

Tail of Mansbridge Lock during excavations and before the present footbridge was built.
Image date: 1992. Image scanned from slide. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU448157. WGS84: 50° 56′ 22″ N 1° 21′ 47″ W.

Tail of Mansbridge Lock

Tail of Mansbridge Lock during excavations and before the present footbridge was built.
Image date: 1992.
NG Ref: SU448157.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 22″ N 1° 21′ 47″ W.

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In about 1994 a long wooden footbridge was built across, but not supported by, the masonry that marks the tail of the lock. Vehicular access to the meadows east of the Navigation and south of the M27 is gained by means of a ford diagonally across the lower end of the chamber which in winter is often quite deep. Before the footbridge, the footpath crossed the chamber by means of an earthen ramp. In the days of navigation, a wooden occupation bridge existed below the bottom gates and this also carried the towing path to the west bank.

Having been cleared of vegetation during the archaeological dig, some ten years later the lock had almost disappeared under bushes and other vegetation. In October and November 2007, the local branch of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) undertook working parties on the lock in connection with the Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail Project. The work was carried out to enable further archaeological investigations of the remains. Further information about IWA’s work may be found on their website.

Footbridge at Mansbridge Lock
Footbridge at Mansbridge Lock

Footbridge across tail of Mansbridge Lock in the position once occupied by the bottom gates of the lock.
Image date: 25 Sep 2009. © 2010 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU448157. WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 46″ W.

Footbridge at Mansbridge Lock

Footbridge across tail of Mansbridge Lock in the position once occupied by the bottom gates of the lock.
Image date: 25 Sep 2009.
NG Ref: SU448157.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 46″ W.

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Overgrown lock
Overgrown lock

The overgrown chamber of Mansbridge Lock seen from the footbridge.
Image date: 25 Oct 2003. © 2003 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU448157. WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 47″ W.

Overgrown lock

The overgrown chamber of Mansbridge Lock seen from the footbridge.
Image date: 25 Oct 2003.
NG Ref: SU448157.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 47″ W.

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Clearance at Mansbridge Lock
Clearance at Mansbridge Lock

Clearance work by IWA volunteers at Mansbridge Lock.
Image date: 21 Oct 2007. © 2008 Peter Boyce. NG Ref: SU448157. WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 47″ W.

Clearance at Mansbridge Lock

Clearance work by IWA volunteers at Mansbridge Lock.
Image date: 21 Oct 2007.
NG Ref: SU448157.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 47″ W.

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About 2 years after the IWA’s clearance, resurgent vegetation and soil, which slowly destroy the bricks, were removed, and damaged pointing was replaced. Bricks matching the dimension of the originals were sourced and were laid to infill sections where bricks had been lost. Steel anchors tied the slumping walls back to the ground behind, preventing collapse. Finally, a protective capping of lime mortar was laid to protect the brickwork beneath.

As part of this project, an information board was installed telling a little of the local history. Unfortunately, the drawing does not give a realistic portrayal of the lock or the barge within it. See problems with drawing.

The renovated Mansbridge Lock
The renovated Mansbridge Lock

The renovated Mansbridge Lock looking north from the footbridge. The exit from the ford can be seen in the foreground.
Image date: 27 Apr 2013. © 2013 Clive Richardson (cc-by-nc-nd/2.0). Image from www.flickr.com. NG Ref: SU448157. WGS84: 50° 56′ 22″ N 1° 21′ 47″ W.

The renovated Mansbridge Lock

The renovated Mansbridge Lock looking north from the footbridge. The exit from the ford can be seen in the foreground.
Image date: 27 Apr 2013.
NG Ref: SU448157.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 22″ N 1° 21′ 47″ W.

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Sign displayed at Mansbridge Lock
Sign displayed at Mansbridge Lock

Information board displayed on the footbridge at Mansbridge Lock.
Image date: 2012. © Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. NG Ref: SU448157. WGS84: 50° 56′ 22″ N 1° 21′ 47″ W.

Sign displayed at Mansbridge Lock

Information board displayed on the footbridge at Mansbridge Lock.
Image date: 2012.
NG Ref: SU448157.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 22″ N 1° 21′ 47″ W.

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Renovated brickwork
Renovated brickwork

Renovated brickwork on the offside at the head of Mansbridge Lock.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU448157. WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 46″ W.

Renovated brickwork

Renovated brickwork on the offside at the head of Mansbridge Lock.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU448157.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 46″ W.

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Mansbridge Lock footbridge
Mansbridge Lock footbridge

The downstream side of the footbridge at Mansbridge Lock.
Image date: 27 Jan 2015. © 2015 Marie Keates. Image from www.iwalkalone.co.uk. NG Ref: SU448157. WGS84: 50° 56′ 22″ N 1° 21′ 47″ W.

Mansbridge Lock footbridge

The downstream side of the footbridge at Mansbridge Lock.
Image date: 27 Jan 2015.
NG Ref: SU448157.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 22″ N 1° 21′ 47″ W.

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Front of new milestone
Front of new “milestone”

New “milestone” indicating it is 3 miles from Northam and a toll of 1 shilling and 3 old pence (6p) was charged for a ton of the goods listed brought to Mans Bridge.
Image date: 27 Apr 2013. © 2013 Clive Richardson (cc-by-nc-nd/2.0). Image from www.flickr.com. NG Ref: SU448157. WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 46″ W.

Front of new “milestone”

New “milestone” indicating it is 3 miles from Northam and a toll of 1 shilling and 3 old pence (6p) was charged for a ton of the goods listed brought to Mans Bridge.
Image date: 27 Apr 2013.
NG Ref: SU448157.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 46″ W.

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Rear of new milestone
Rear of new “milestone”

Rear of new “stone” referring to the six barges that were in use at the beginning of the 19th century and could carry 20 to 30 tons each.
Image date: 27 Apr 2013. © 2013 Clive Richardson (cc-by-nc-nd/2.0). Image from www.flickr.com. NG Ref: SU448157. WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 46″ W.

Rear of new “milestone”

Rear of new “stone” referring to the six barges that were in use at the beginning of the 19th century and could carry 20 to 30 tons each.
Image date: 27 Apr 2013.
NG Ref: SU448157.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 46″ W.

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Mansbridge Lock to Mans Bridge

On the west side of the Navigation lies Mansbridge Reservoir. It was constructed in 1850 by Southampton Corporation as part of a pumping station to take water from the Navigation and transfer it to a pair of reservoirs on Southampton Common. The pumping station ceased being used in 1892 when the Corporation’s new Otterbourne water works came into use. The reservoir, used by anglers, appears to have been dredged recently.

A track leads south from the lock, but where this veers off to the right to a small car park and Mansbridge Road, walkers following the Navigation should carry on straight ahead through the trees to follow the path along the edge of an open area. The remains of the canal run to the east in amongst the trees and the former towing path is not traceable. The waterway is usually quite waterlogged. About 250 yards from the lock, the canal joins the main river just upstream of the new Mans Bridge.

Mansbridge Reservoir
Mansbridge Reservoir

View from the east side of the reservoir which includes an island.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU448157. WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 48″ W.

Mansbridge Reservoir

View from the east side of the reservoir which includes an island.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU448157.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 23″ N 1° 21′ 48″ W.

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Path to Mans Bridge
Path to Mans Bridge

The path from the lock to Mans Bridge runs between open space and some woodland within which a neglected length of the canal runs.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU447157. WGS84: 50° 56′ 21″ N 1° 21′ 50″ W.

Path to Mans Bridge

The path from the lock to Mans Bridge runs between open space and some woodland within which a neglected length of the canal runs.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU447157.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 21″ N 1° 21′ 50″ W.

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Neglected canal
Neglected canal

The remains of the canal lies within an area of woodland and is usually waterlogged or even flooded.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019. © 2019 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU447156. WGS84: 50° 56′ 18″ N 1° 21′ 51″ W.

Neglected canal

The remains of the canal lies within an area of woodland and is usually waterlogged or even flooded.
Image date: 17 Feb 2019.
NG Ref: SU447156.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 18″ N 1° 21′ 51″ W.

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Junction of canal and river
Junction of canal and river

The junction of the canal and main river viewed looking upstream from below the new Mans Bridge.
Image date: c1977. Image scanned from slide. © 2010 Peter Oates. NG Ref: SU447155. WGS84: 50° 56′ 16″ N 1° 21′ 54″ W.

Junction of canal and river

The junction of the canal and main river viewed looking upstream from below the new Mans Bridge.
Image date: c1977.
NG Ref: SU447155.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 16″ N 1° 21′ 54″ W.

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Looking under the new Mans Bridge
Looking under the new Mans Bridge

Looking north from beside the old Mans Bridge under the new at the junction of canal and main river.
Image date: 25 Jul 2015. © 2015 Marie Keates. Image from www.iwalkalone.co.uk. NG Ref: SU447155. WGS84: 50° 56′ 15″ N 1° 21′ 54″ W.

Looking under the new Mans Bridge

Looking north from beside the old Mans Bridge under the new at the junction of canal and main river.
Image date: 25 Jul 2015.
NG Ref: SU447155.
WGS84: 50° 56′ 15″ N 1° 21′ 54″ W.

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Several of the pictures on this page are 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.