lock_name = Boveney Lock [ [http://www.visitthames.co.uk/uploads/a_users_guide_to_the_River_thames.pdf Statistics from Environment Agency "A User's Guide to the River Thames:Part II"] ]
caption= Boveney Lock, with a bridge across the boat slide and Windsor Racecourse on the far bank
operation = Hydraulic
first = 1838
latest = 1898
length = 149' 7" (45.59m)
width = 17' 10" (5.43m)
fall = 4' 10" (1.47m)
sealevel = 64'
distenda = 26 miles
extra= Power is available out of hours
right|thumb|Tail of Boveney LockBoveney Lock is a lock on the
River Thamessituated on the Buckinghamshirebank opposite the Windsor Racecourseand close to Eton Wick. Boveneyis a village a little way upstream on the same side. The lock was first built in 1838 by the Thames Navigation Commission. The lock was rebuilt in 1898 closer to the Buckinghamshire bank, and a set of boat rollers were installed on the old site.
The weir is almost parallel to the lock, running across from the other side of the lock island.
Although the river below Maidenhead was supposed to be clear of weirs, there is record of a weir and
flash lockat Gill's bucks a short way upstream of the present site. There were suggestions of a pound lock here as early as 1780, and various plans for a lock were proposed in 1820. These plans proposed cuts to the mouth of Clewer Mill Streambecause of difficult navigation of the tight bends downstream. However the present location was eventually chosen, with a timber lock built in 1838. With the regular traffic of boats from Eton Collegeto Queen's Eyot, a temporary boat slide was built in 1895, which became permanent on the site of the old lock when a new lock was built immediately to the side in 1898. The weir was rebuilt in about 1913. [Fred. S. Thacker "The Thames Highway: Volume II Locks and Weirs" 1920 - republished 1968 David & Charles]
Access to the lock
The lock is some distance from any road, and can be reached by walking to the river from Eton Wick and following the towpath.
Reach above the lock
Buckinghamshirebank the land towards Dorneyis open fields with Dorney Lakebehind. On the Berkshirebank the river passes Bush Aitwhich is at the entrance to Clewer Mill Stream. There are a houses at Dedworth, a caravan park and Windsor Marina before Oakley Courthome of many Hammer horrorfilms. Upstream is Queens Eyotowned by Eton Collegeopposite Bray Marina. York Streamthen joins the river from "The Cut" on the southern bank. Summerleaze Footbridgehere was built as a gravel conveyor for the building of Dorney Lake and is now a pedestrian bridge. Monkey Islandis a short way up stream and then the M4 Bridge crosses the river a little way below Bray Lock.
*Eton Excelsior Rowing Club
Thames Pathstays on the northern side of the river to Bray lock.
Locks on the River Thames
Rowing on the River Thames
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