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Weston Lock

Weston Lock is a canal lock situated on the River Avon in Somerset, on the western outskirts of Bath, in what now forms the Newbridge suburb of the city.

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.

Weston cut is a man-made channel, opened in 1727, for boats to approach and pass through Weston lock, which created an island between the cut and the river weir, which became known as Dutch Island named after the owner of the brass mill established on the river side in the early 18th century.[5]

The Dolphin Inn next to the lock was built for bargees in 1728.[6] It is a Grade-II listed building.[7]


  1. "Bristol Avon Navigation". Inland Waterways Association. https://www.waterways.org.uk/waterways/canals_rivers/bristol_avon/bristol_avon. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  2. "Navigation of the river Avon". Bristol History.com. Archived from the original on 10 January 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20070110214011/http://weldgen.tripod.com/bristol-history-com/id2.html. 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. Allsop, Niall (1989). The Kennet & Avon Canal (2 ed.). Millstream Books. p. 20. ISBN 9780948975158. 
  6. Clew, Kenneth R. (1978). Wessex Waterway. Moonraker Press. p. 58. ISBN 978-0239001818. 
  7. "The Dolphin Public House". Historic England. https://www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1394802. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 

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