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The Foot Bridge, Jesus Lock

Jesus Lock / The Foot Bridge

History of Jesus Lock

Jesus Lock 1879

Old bridge at Jesus Green Locks (MoC)

The picture above shows the August 1879 flood.  Water reached to within fifty yards of Maids’ Causeway. More than three inches of rain fell in six hours and the river rose eight feet in two or three hours. The low level footbridge and the high-back bridge over the lock were erected in 1863. The lock-keeper’s residence was a single storey building.

Jesus Lock and the Footbridge

Conservators of the River Cam, 1887, about to set off on inspection (J Palmer Clarke)

A new bridge was built in 1892 which was presumably the one still used at the beginning of the 21st century.

Jesus Lock in 1890 when the keeper’s house had been enlarged to two storeys

Steam launch, Jesus Lock 1894 (Cambridgeshire Collection)

Jesus Lock c.1905

Information about Jesus Lock can be found here:

K6 telephone kiosks are listed buildings

The bridge shown in the cartoon below appears to be the same and the second version of the bridge still used in the 21st century.

Cambridge Undergraduates celebrating 5th November Storming the Bridge

Jesus Lock bridge

Jesus Locks c. 1928 (Cambridgeshire Collection)

Chesterton Road near Jesus Locks in 1926 (Cambs Collection)

Jesus lock from Chesterton Road 1971 (MoC119.7)

Jesus Green Lock, Lion Hotel staff outing C.1895 (MoC187.83)

Jesus Lock


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