Thames Conservancy - History - After Separation of The Port of London

After Separation of The Port of London

In 1908 an Act transferred responsibility for the Tideway including Richmond Lock to the Port of London Authority, which began its duties on 31 March 1909. The demarkation point boundary was set at the boundary between the parishes of Teddington and Twickenham at a point marked by an obelisk 350 yards (320 m) below Teddington Lock . The Thames Conservancy remained responsible for the non-tidal river between Cricklade and Teddington.

Lock rebuilds took place at Penton Hook in 1909 and Hurley in 1910. In 1912 the Conservancy undertook major works at Boulter's Lock, which involved the purchase of Ray Mill Island. Chertsey Lock was lengthened in 1913 and Marsh Lock rebuilt in 1914. Goring Lock was rebuilt in 1921 with a third central set of gates and Godstow Lock rebuilt in 1924. In 1927 a new lock was built at Sunbury, the old one being retained. Marlow Lock and Iffley Lock were redeveloped in the same years. In 1928 the improvement to navigation above Oxford was finally completed with the building of Eynsham Lock and King's Lock.

The next significant undertaking was the digging of Desborough Cut between 1930 and 1935. The 3/4/mile (1 km) cut took the river on a straight course between Weybridge and Walton on Thames, and avoiding a meandering stretch past Shepperton and Lower Halliford. The cut alleviated flooding in Shepperton and halved the distance of travel on that part of the river.

A Thames Conservancy Act of 1932 Act dealt with construction of jetties and landing stages on the river

In the 1960s modernisation of the locks began with the first hydraulic system introduced at Shiplake Lock in 1961. Sandford Lock was rebuilt in 1972

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