Southampton and Salisbury Canal: Picture Gallery No 5

Salisbury Arm: Kimbridge to Lockerley

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At Kimbridge Junction, the Southampton & Salisbury Canal left the Andover Canal passing under a bridge carrying the towing path of the latter. Immediately, the Salisbury Arm negotiated a stop lock to prevent the Andover from losing water should there be any leaks in the canal beyond. Although lines of the two canals could be seen in the 1970's, there is no sign of the junction today. Within a few yards, the canal crossed the several streams of the River Test on a four-arched aqueduct. This was demolished by works for the Andover and Redbridge Railway.

Kimbridge Junction
Kimbridge Junction, where the arm leaves the Andover
Canal, was near the point where the road goes out
of view within the aggregates depot
River Test near Kimbridge Junction
A disused railway bridge can be seen behind the
site of a 4-arched aqueduct over the River Test.

Beyond this the canal was carried across the Test Valley on an embankment for about 700 yards. This substantial structure is still some 10 feet high at its highest and only pierced by the demolished two-arched aqueduct where part of the River Test and the River Dun were crossed near the point where they join. Just after crossing a public footpath (the Test Way), in amongst the trees, is the untraceable site of Lock 1 which starts the climb towards Salisbury. Within a few yards is the first crossing of the arm by the railway to Salisbury.

Canal beside the River Dun
The canal on a low embankment beside the River Dun.
Canal beside the River Dun
The River Dun with the course of the canal in the trees
on the left which contain the untraceable site of Lock 1.

Having crossed the railway, the course of the canal turns westward passing through the back gardens of houses in Dunbridge. The line of the canal crossed the railway twice more immediately east of Dunbridge Station and leaves railway property through the gate to the former goods yard. Crossing the road, the canal entered Dunbridge Wharf.

Former goods yard at Dunbridge Station
The canal line ran through the gates to the
former goods yard at Dunbridge Station.
Dunbridge Wharf
The site of the wharf at Dunbridge
with the canal bed behind the oak tree.

From Dunbridge the canal followed the road to Lockerley lying between the lane and the River Dun. The dry canal bed can be easily seen along this section - sometimes during the winter it contains some water. During construction of the canal, sections of the river had to be diverted to accommodate the waterway. There are no visible remains of Lock 2, the site of which is in the garden of Dunnerley Cottage beside Lockerley Road.

Bed of canal beside Lockerley Road
Looking east along the bed of the canal with the
River Dun on the left and Lockerley Road on the right.
Site of Lock 2
Lock 2 was in the garden of this house.

Several hundred yards after Lock 2, the course of the canal turns away from the road, running just south of the river, but returns to the road just before The School Farm. As the canal passes the farm, it has been infilled but beyond the bed is identifiable. A track crosses the bed of the canal and fords the adjacent river with a footbridge accommodating the public footpath. The site of Lock 3 is not apparent either from old maps or on the ground but appears to have been between the track and the railway quarter of a mile further on. It is probable that it was nearer the track and in the garden of the bungalow Dunmeads.

View from Lockerley Road
West of Dunnerley Cottage, the canal followed
a course away from Lockerley Road.
The School Farm
At The School Farm the course of the canal
lies behind the hedge on the right.
Canal bed near Lockerley
The bed of the canal to the west of The School Farm.
The possible site of Lock 3
The site of Lock 3 is possibly in this garden.

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