Lock Keeper's Cottage (1982)

A major campaign in the 1980s, led by Dorothy Everall, concerned the proposed demolition of the Lock Keeper’s Cottage near Chertsey lock on the River Thames. The newly appointed lock keeper’s wife was disabled and the steps to the front door of the cottage made access very difficult so the Thames Conservancy proposed to demolish the building and replace it with a modern bungalow. The Society objected to this proposal and managed to get the building, which was built in 1812 when the lock was constructed, listed. The house may have also functioned as a tollhouse, collecting a levy from ships transporting goods along the Thames. In 1982 a new house for the lock keeper was subsequently built alongside the old building, the latter being sold in to private ownership.











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