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
© 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
© Oxfordshire County Council Photographic Archive; D230356a
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 -
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 hours 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.