Kelston Lock

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The weir at Kelston lock

Kelston Lock is a canal lock situated on the River Avon in Somerset, between the villages of Kelston and Saltford, between Bristol and Bath.

The Bristol Avon Navigation, which runs the 15 miles from the Kennet and Avon Canal at Hanham Lock to the Bristol Channel at Avonmouth, was constructed between 1724 and 1727,[1] following legislation passed by Queen Anne,[2][3] by a company of proprietors and the engineer John Hore of Newbury, Berkshire. The first cargo of 'Deal boards, Pig-Lead and Meal' arrived in Bath in December 1727.[4] The navigation is now administered by the Canal & River Trust.

Above and below the lock and weir are permanent moorings. The Riverside Inn and Saltford Marina are also close by.

A branch of the river runs behind "Brass Mill Island", named for the annealing ovens of the former brass mill.[5] The mill closed in the 1840s.[6]

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  1. "Bristol Avon Navigation". Inland Waterways Association. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  2. "Navigation of the river Avon". Bristol Archived from the original on 10 January 2007. Retrieved 22 September 2006. 
  3. Priestley, Joseph (1831). "Wikisource link to Avon River, Gloucestershire". Historical Account of the Navigable Rivers, Canals, and Railways, of Great Britain. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green. Wikisource. 
  4. Allsop, Niall (1989). The Kennet & Avon Canal (2 ed.). Millstream Books. p. 4. ISBN 9780948975158. 
  5. Clew, Kenneth R. (1978). Wessex Waterway. Moonraker Press. p. 59. ISBN 978-0239001818. 
  6. Allsop, Niall (1989). The Kennet & Avon Canal (2 ed.). Millstream Books. p. 17. ISBN 9780948975158.