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Waterways of Worcestershire

Lower Avon Navigation

Waterway's place in Worcestershire :

From Evesham Lock, which is the junction with the Upper Avon Navigation, to the Mythe at Tewkesbury, where the river crosses into Gloscestershire, the river is in Worcestershire.

Description:

Runs from Evesham (where it joins the Upper Avon Navigation) to Tewkesbury where in joins the Severn.

History:

Was in the hands of the Perrotts of Craycombe, Fladbury until 1924 when William Fisher took over and formed the Lower Avon Navigation Company. Later it was transferred to John Whitehouse of Evesham, then , in 1949, to C D Barwell. On 1 August 1950 the Lower Avon Navigation Trust Ltd was formed to restore the river. Avon Lock at Tewksbury had two new gates fitted in 1952 and repairs were done to the lock chamber. In 1953 Chadbury lock rebuilt by the Royal Engineers. The following year Wyre lock, weirs and sluice gates extensively repaired and restored and in 1955 work started on deepening Pershore Lock, which was deepened by three feet, new gates fitted and the navigation arches of the old bridge deepened by 1956. Fladbury Lock was deepened by three feet in 1958 and in 1961 Cropthorne/Fladbury water gate was removed and the channel deepened. The whole navigation, from Evesham to Tewksbury, was formally reopened on 10 June 1962.

For more details see the History page

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Waterway Group: This waterway is part of the River Avon (Warwick)

Navigation Authority: : Avon Navigation Trust, Mill Wharf, Mill Lane, Wyre Piddle, Pershore, Worcestershire WR10 2JF: Telephone 01386 552517 : Fax 01386 556881 : Email office@avonnavigationtrust.org :

Cropthorne Mill beside Fladbury Lock on the Lower Avon

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  • The Lower Avon Navigation Trust - 50th Anniversary (1950 to 2000) , 57 minutes Produced by VideoActive, A Celebration of the River Avon and the Trust that restored it and manages it today. This video tells the official story of the restoration, complete with photos supplied by those involved and concludes with a journey along the River. 1.00 from each video purchased will be donated, by VideoActive, to the Lower Avon Navigation Trust. Available on tape DVD. Order on video tape from Amazon . Order on DVD from Amazon

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions: Lock sizes vary but the maximum craft size for navigating the whole waterway is: length 70 foot, beam 13 foot 6 inchs. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

The parts of the waterway within Worcestershire are highlighted on the Table of Distances below.

Lower Avon Navigation: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

From Evesham Lock, which is the junction with the Upper Avon Navigation, to the Mythe at Tewkesbury, where the river crosses into Gloscestershire, the river is in Worcestershire.

Evesham Lock

Junction with Upper Avon

0

1

N

SP041438

150

Workman Bridge, Evesham

0.1

1

N

SP040436

150

Chadbury Lock

1.9

2

N

SP025460

150

Fladbury Lock

4.8

3

N

SO998461

150

Wyre Lock

8.9

4

N

SO959469

150

Pershore Lock

9.9

5

N

SO952455

150

Nafford Lock

15.4

6

N

SO940418

150

Eckington Bridge

16.9

6

N

SO922423

150

Strensham Lock

19.9

7

N

SO915404

150

Bredon

20.9

7

N

SO920373

150

Twyning Fleet (Inn)

21.9

7

N

SO904365

150

Tewkesbury Lock

Also called Avon Lock

24.4

8

N

SO893331

150

River Severn Junction

Junction with River Severn

24.6

8

N

SO888331

150

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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