Restoration of Inglesham Lock

Press release 2010 and fundraising details

By Gill Redford

Below is a press release from the IWA (Inland Waterways Association), issued on 26th June 2010, outlining the plans for restoration and a fundraising appeal.


Inglesham Lock: IWA Announce National Restoration Appeal

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) launched a national appeal today, in order to raise funds for the restoration and re-commissioning of Inglesham Lock at the junction of the Thames and Severn Canal with the River Thames, which is part of the Cotswold Canals scheme.

The announcement was made at the IWA Chester Rally, and to coincide with the commemoration of the Centenary of Tom Rolt, one of the founders of the IWA.

Speaking on behalf of IWA, Clive Henderson, national chairman, said:

“Today we are announcing that we want to extend the Thames.

“Inglesham is the gateway to the Cotswold Canals restoration, and an iconic structure. IWA is keen to present an opportunity to get it open and create a usable link to the network.

“IWA wants to raise funds towards the restoration of the canal from the junction with the Thames , involving the restoration of Inglesham Lock chamber and to fund the purchase and restoration of 380 metres of the pound above the lock.

“In doing so we want to provide a new front on the Cotswold Canals restoration campaign, to encourage momentum and engagement with local residents. This new restoration front will compliment the work in the Stroud Valley. We also want to force further movement on the full realisation of the Cotswold Water Park where it links to the Wilts and Berks Canal. This is the shortest and simplest route to reconnect Swindon with the national waterways network. We hope therefore, to encourage and capture the imagination and support of the population in and around Swindon in relation to regeneration of Swindon Town centre as part of the Wilts & Berks master plan.

“IWA wishes to show continued support to the Cotswolds Canal Project following its previous set back regarding certain funding commitments, and to consolidate and build on the recent gift of the lock at Inglesham to the Trust by British Waterways.

“We are creating a new project on the Cotswolds Canals that our volunteer restoration arm Waterway Recovery Group can wholly own from start to finish; and to help develop and facilitate new forms of volunteering from those who may be interested in just giving a day or half a day’s time through to fully committed weekenders and week-long canal campers, thereby encouraging more participation by locals and waterway supporters.

“The target for IWA to raise in support of the whole appeal is  £125,000.”

He went on to say:

“If everyone who supports our cause raised and donated just £10 we would easily meet our target. Just go to http://www.inglesham.org.uk to make a donation, or send your donations marked ‘Inglesham’ to IWA Head Office, Island House, Moor Road, Chesham, HP5 1WA from Monday 28th June.”

Another article about Inglesham Lock is available here: Inglesham Lock in pictures


Photo:Painting of Inglesham Roundhouse, from c1793

Painting of Inglesham Roundhouse, from c1793

Image contributed by Mike Mills

Photo:Inglesham

Inglesham

With permission of Michael Handford

Inglesham, with marker showing the position of Inglesham Lock

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