CLEEVE LOCK

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from Environment Agency Guide 2012-2013

Left bank Lock, tel: 01491 872608, length: 133'7", width: 18'2"
1580 & 1585:  Bishop calls the flashlock “the Earl of Derby’'s”
1787: poundlock was built in oak timber with open sides
1873: Taunt's Map and Guide to the Thames -

There are about Cleeve some sweet spots that well repay notice. The old mill from Goring-field; and facing the other way, distant Streatley with its splendid background of hills, the river at their feet reflecting in its mirror each inverted object; the old weir, with its broken campsheding; and between the islands, the over-fall spanned by its bridge of simple rustic style, surrounded by lofty trees, the aits fringed with tall rushes and reeds, bordered everywhere with pollard willows, whose feathery foliage bows to each passing breeze.

1873: Cleeve Lock, Henry Taunt -

Cleeve Lock, Henry Taunt, 1873
Cleeve Lock, Henry Taunt, 1873
© Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive; HT1347

1874: Cleeve Lock rebuilt in stone
1880:  Turner served as lock keeper for a year before transferring to Boulters.

Cleeve Lock from upstream, lantern slide 1883-1906, W.C.Hughes, research by Dr Wilson, courtesy of Pat Furley

1911: Cleeve Lock and Mill, W. Parker -

Cleeve Lock and Mill, W. Parker, 1911
Cleeve Lock and Mill, W. Parker, 1911
© Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive; D230356a

1999:–

Cleeve Lock
Cleeve Lock is very convenient
[ i.e. there is a lavatory here labelled “Ladies” but any boaters apparently qualify! ]

2005: I punted a TV crew up here in November in a high wind. ("Vanity, all is vanity" saith the preacher). Cleeve Lock was closed having its gates rehung.

Anon, on a plaque at Cleeve Lock -

Sacred to the memory of Michael O'’Day
Who died maintaining his right of way
He was right, dead right, as he sailed along
But he’'s just as dead as if he'’d been wrong

1881: George Leslie, "Our River" -

Above Cleve(sic) Lock you commence the long weary six miles to Wallingford;  hardly any part of the way can be termed good for punting, and there is nothing at all equal in beauty to what one has so recently passed.  If sailing can be accomplished, you are in great luck, as probably with very few hitches you will be able to sail right up to Wallingford.  I once sailed the distance in about an hour’s time, which against the stream was very good travelling, but on the return journey my luck was against me, for I had to punt the whole way against a strong head wind, and I do not think I ever had harder work.