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The premises that was the Jolly Waterman pub facing the road. Photo by Neil B. Maw
Another view of the premises that was the Jolly Waterman pub at Longcot Lock. Photo by Neil B. Maw
The Lock area at Longcot and the canal looking west. Photo by Neil B. Maw
A section of map showing the Lock at Longcot.
The article on George Lawrence who was drowned. From Faringdon Advertiser dated 5//5/1917

The Jolly Waterman public house - Longcot Lock

When the concept of the Wilts and Berks Canal became a reality, it must have been a source of great hope and expectations for trade and travel. The section through the area of Shrivenham and Longcot was open by 1805 and the entire length of the canal by 1810. But, at the time, it must have been difficult to understand how close the age of steam and the railways were to taking over by sheer strength and speed. The Lock at Longcot was just that, a Lock that became known as 'Top Lock,' but there was a spot where barges could be tied up in order that the Bargemen could get ashore and obtain some refreshment. So part of the house there became a Beerhouse that would became known as the 'Jolly Waterman.' Like the canal, the pub seems to have had only a fairly short life historically. To read what is known so far in PDF format, please go HERE

To read more information about the opening of the Canal please see Listing No N578

To read about the history of Longcot Wharf please go to Listing No N1174

To read information on the Canal Packet ammenity group please go to Listing No N533



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