Buscot Lock, near Lechlade, is the smallest of the 45 locks on the River Thames. Before the lock was built in 1790 there was a flash weir, where boats would have to 'run the rapid' downstream. It must have been fun to watch! In 1859 the lock (which at the time was part of a large estate) was purchased by Robert Campbell with money he had acquired in the Australian goldfields. He fitted water wheels to irrigate his estate. Within 10 years he had sold up as a result of overspending and bad luck. Later owners, Thomas Cook, the travel agents gave the site to the National Trust. The National Trust have created a lovely picnic area. Kingfishers, kites and otters are among the frequent sightings.
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