Much restoration has been done on the southern part of this length, including rebuilding Dauntsey Lock and Dauntsey North Spillweir.
However access to this site is not permitted.
There is no access to the northern part of the length, and we do not have permission to work there.
What Jack Dalby said in 1985.|
"Dauntsey Lock, to the east of the road is buried and the canal infilled for another 350 metres up to 998802. The next 4.2 Km of bed is intact up to 036814..... "
|Dauntsey Lock is immediately above Dauntsey Bridge, though the indications are that this was not an actual tailbridge.
The lock was completely buried when we first found it; the site was purchased by the Wilts & Berks Canal Company, including the Canal for a considerable distance.
The lock has been restored apart from a small sewer which crosses the chamber.
|About half way up the length is Dauntsey North Spillweir, a splendid brick construction which still has its original 13.5 in. bullnose coping bricks.
View of the Canal looking north from the spillweir.
The last field before Sodom Lane, 125 metres, is infilled and is not available for restoration.
Clearance of Dauntsey Lock started in 1994, and now, July 1999, is substantially complete.
A small sewer runs through the chamber, which remains to be removed; it is planned to do this when the road bridge is rebuilt.
Dauntsey North Spillweir was started at about the same time, and was completed in 1998. Much of the section has now been dredged.
The section fills well in winter from runoff from the surrounding fields.
The towpath is private over the whole of this section.
The Peterborough Arms is adjacent to Dauntsey Lock. Free house, range of excellent beers, excellent food.