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7 Locks appeal successfully secures land purchase
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00

28th August  2013


The Trust thanks  all  supporters for safeguarding the restoration of a
“spectacular” flight of locks.

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust recently issued an urgent appeal to  members after
an important stretch of the waterway was put up for sale. The appeal  was an
outstanding success and Co Secretary Chris Coyle  is delighted to confirm that
just  before the Bank Holiday weekend that the documents were signed  and
funds transferred to buy the land.




7locks3‘Seven Locks’, in the open countryside between Lyneham and Royal Wootton Bassett, was the
longest flights of locks along the entire length of the canal, lifting boats almost 18 metres on
their journey north to Swindon. It was overgrown and almost forgotten until Trust volunteers
donated thousands of hours to empty the canal bed of rubble and rubbish, clear the former
towpath, and begin the restoration of the original chambers.

But three acres of the land was recently put for sale and so the Trust urgently needed to find
£25,000 to purchase the half-kilometre stretch containing four of the locks so that it could continue
the restoration. An appeal to members led to an enthusiastic response which raised the money in
a matter of weeks – now the charity hopes to continue fundraising in order to breathe new life into
this whole section of the waterway.


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Volunteer Kath Hatton said: “We have been delighted by people’s generosity in safeguarding the future
of this vital site. The Trust received more than 400 donations ranging in value from
£10 to £5,000, together with £2,500 from the Inland Waterways Association. Now that we’ve
secured the purchase of the land, any additional money will be used to support the ongoing
acquisition of other sections of the canal corridor to the north and south – hopefully including
the remaining locks in the flight.”

Kath added: “This is one of the most spectacular parts of the Wilts & Berks, passing through
beautiful countryside and surrounded by so much wildlife. Our work parties had already made
good progress thanks to the generous support of the former landowner, but we hope this
latest purchase will act as a catalyst to encourage more volunteers to join the campaign and increase the
pace of restoration. Future plans would include rebuilding the wharf walls, preparing pipe work for
back-pumping the water, and improving the towpath. Working together, we can restore an important
piece of our industrial heritage.”

Call Kath on (01380) 831231  Email

See BBC article -  even they get the name wrong !

See Swindon Advertiser article

10th July 2013

 Purchase of land at Seven Locks, near Lyneham

Appeal launched by  the Trust Fundraising Director 

A great opportunity that has arisen concerning Seven Locks near Lyneham. This flight of locks is the most spectacular on our canal and is set in beautiful countryside. The locks lift the canal 17.9 metres in total up to Trow Lane. There is a permissive path giving public access to walk up from Bowds Lane alongside Lock 2 to Lock 5.
The Trust has had a licence from the Nichols family at Bowd’s Farm for several years enabling us to work at Seven Locks, and the basic restoration of locks 3 and 4 has been done. We are about to submit a planning application to complete this by building wing walls, by-washes, wharf walls, putting the pipe work in for back-pumping and improving the towpath.
Planning permission is also ongoing for Lock 2 – to move Bowd’s Lane away from Lock 2  with a new bridge and to restore the lock chamber. Bowd’s Farm is now for sale and we have the chance to buy the land that includes Locks 2, 3, 4 and up to the top of Lock 5.   We estimate with the legal costs we will need £25,000. Once purchased, we can press on with the restoration work.

We hope you can help  to raise this money  to secure this site for the future  and ask for your support  by making a donation.



To donate –

You can download a form here and send it  with a cheque made payable to the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust to:

Seven Locks Appeal,
Wilts & Berks Canal Trust,
PO Box 3630,
Swindon, SN4 4AN.


Alternatively you can make a transfer directly to the Trust Bank Account :–

Bank: LloydsTSB
Account Name: Wilts & Berks Canal Trust
Account Number: 30360368
Sort Code: 77-50-04

Reference: Seven Locks *Your name/*Membership No [*Optional] 

You can use a card to donate online or you can text to 70070    WBCT25£10 ( if you want to donate £10 – amount is your choice)

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