Pewsham Locks, near the market town
of Chippenham, was a major industrial site on the Wilts & Berks Canal.
Adjacent to the North Wiltshire Rivers Route (Chippenham to Lacock,) the
site is now a popular leisure trail used by cyclists and walkers.
Pewsham Locks was situated on the
main line of the Wilts & Berks Canal, south of the junction with the
Chippenham Arm (the ‘Ippy Cut), raising the canal almost 29 feet. Many
boats, laden with coal from the Somerset Coal fields and other goods, would
have passed through the three locks on their way to Chippenham, Calne and