The greater part of this site, from Foxham Upper Lock to the end of the non-infilled section, is one of our oldest worksites and can be visited.
We have no permission to work below the Upper Lock, nor on the field at the northern end.
|Length: 2.32km/1.44 miles.
O.S. reference: 982773 to 985796
Height of water level A.O.D.:
What Jack Dalby said in 1985.|
"The two Foxham locks are a short distance north of the road, at 982774 and 981775, the track alongside being a public footpath. From the top lock the canal is intact for just over 1 Km to 980786. Beyond and for another 1 Km all traces disappear. Included in this length is Wood Common Lock buried in 1969 at 981789. At 985796, the site of City Bridge,....."
|From Foxham Arch Bridge, the path of the Canal can be seen, partially infilled, passing behind the cottage up to Foxham Lower Lock.
A new picture, but the view has hardly changed since the previous ont taken in 2003.
In recent years the bed of the Canal has been re-infilled (you can see the top of the bridge training wall on the right in the picture). An access track to one of the houses has even been built across the Canal bed.
Foxham Upper Lock and its tailbridge have been restored; the tailbridge was replaced with a concrete slab some years ago, and the lower parapet has been cunningly rebuilt (1999/2000) to resemble the original as closely as possible.
Foxham Upper Lock in 2011, looking from the tailbridge.
|The Canal has been cleared up to Elm Farm Bascule Bridge, currently being built with money donated by Viridor under the Landfill Tax Reclamation Scheme.|
|The Canal continues, clear but currently very overgrown, to Elm Farm Liftbridge, an exact replica of the original wooden liftbridge on this site, rebuilt 1990-1993.|
|A little further up is a small spillway/runoff point, built at about the same time as the liftbridge, which replaces an original wooden structure with clay outlet pipe on the same site.
You can see from the picture how overgrown the Canal has become.
Towards the north end of the Elm Farm stretch.
The Canal continues up to Park Farm Accommodation Bridge, passing a farm crossing with lowered embankments on the way. (this is the single feature which prevents re-watering of the whole section). The bridge was replaced by a girder bridge, giving navigable height, by the owner in the mid 1990s.
|Next is Park Farm Lift bridge, replaced by the owner with a fixed deck, which should give clearance for canoes when the section is re-watered.
This was one of the first structures to be completed on the Canal.
A major spillweir, known as Elephant Spillweir, was constructed in mass concrete by the local team in 1993/4.
The public footpath follows the offside of the Canal as far as Wood Common Lock, which can be seen as a rise in the field. The footpath then diverges from the Canal and runs parallel about 50 yds. east up to City Bridge, though it is difficult to follow. A proposal has been put forward to move the northern half of this length back to the Canal line. (I think this has now been implemented)
City Bridge has been lowered and infilled. It is not known whether it has been piped. Headroom may be adequate for a slab bridge or a navigable culvert, though with the small amount of traffic using the road, a lift bridge may be feasible. Possibly even an arch bridge.
The length between Foxham Upper Lock and the field boundary above Elephant Spillweir is nearing completion.
The remainder of the section, containing two locks (Foxham Lower Lock and Wood Common Lock) and a culvert, plus City Road Bridge, is not currently available for restoration.
Several streams run down the hill into the Canal, but they dry in summer.
Access is permitted to the Canal Trust from Foxham Upper Lock to 980787; from there a public footpath follows the line of the Canal to City Bridge.
The Foxham Inn, half a mile east of Foxham Locks. Free House, serving Wadworths and Adnams. Excellent food. Highly recommended.
1996. The hostelry has changed hands - needs re-investigation.
Updated 26.12 2011