The Thames: Cleeve Lock

 

Cleeve Lock

Cleeve Lock

Gigi loves it when we spend the night tied to the bank below the Cleeve Lock. Step off the boat and her four furry paws are on her own expansive green grassy field. She now expects us to stop at Cleeve every time we cruise by. For Gigi there’s no reason for us to go any further. Cleeve is as good as it gets in the doggy world.

Not that Gigi cares, but Cleeve Lock has played a place in music history. The house behind the weir is where Pete Townshend wrote the much of the album Quadrophenia. Indeed, Townshend still owns the island on the downstream side of the weir. We figure that when we stay at Gigi’s favorite spot below the Cleeve Lock, Mr. Townshend is our nearest neighbor. Sure hope Pete doesn’t mind a canine running free.

A narrowboat pauses at the layby.

A narrowboat pauses at the lay-by.

Wanderlust staked up at one of Gigi's spots.

Wanderlust staked up at one of Gigi’s spots.

The weir at Cleeve Lock: Behind the dam is the house where Townshend wrote much of Quadrophenia.

The weir at Cleeve Lock: Behind the dam to the right is the house where Townshend wrote much of Quadrophenia.

 

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5 thoughts on “The Thames: Cleeve Lock

  1. Pingback: The Thames: Abingdon | Wanderlust

  2. i went to a party here when pete invited people from the Meher Baba centre and their families down he organised a coach for us and had mike batt and the wombles in their costumes playing on the lawn for us. what a great day. and the tourist boat that went past couldnt believe what they were seeing. that was way back in the 70s

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