Strensham Lock

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Many thanks to Avon Navigation Trust for facilitating this camera's location and capitally funding its installation. Strensham Lock is located just outside Eckington. The navigation works on the Avon were originally authorised by an Order in Council and Letters Patent of Charles I in 1635, which named William Sandys as the grantee, with powers to improve both this river and the River Teme. He had already bought a number of mills on the river, but there were few objections from millers at those he did not own, for he built pound locks with two sets of gates, to enable vessels to pass by without the large loss of water associated with flash locks. The only objections were from Sir William Russell, who owned Strensham mill, and whose grievance was about land purchase, rather than the navigation works By 1641 it was reported that the river was navigable to within 4 miles (6 km) of Warwick