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Avon Flood Prevention

What is it?

The riverside areas of Bath regularly suffered from flooding of the River Avon up to the middle of the twentieth century. Flood levels are marked on the buttress of Widcombe footbridge, on buildings in Grove Street and on Norfolk Buildings.

Frank Greenhalgh was appointed Engineer to the River Avon (Bristol) Catchment Board in 1953 and he started to tackle the problem systematically. Another disastrous flood in 1960 increased the urgency and over the ten year period 1963-1972 the river was dredged, banks were raised and reinforced by sheet-piling. Pulteney Weir was redesigned and new sluice gates were installed. The work received a Civic Trust Award in 1972 and a commemorative plaque is set into the parapet of Grand Parade overlooking the weir [Buchanan 2008].

Where is it in Bath?

The weir is on the River Avon just downstream from Pulteney Bridge:
Location of Civic Trust Award plaque at Pulteney Weir (For information on Plaque 1, refer to the Pulteney Weir page.)
Civic Trust Award

Location map of Civic Trust Award plaque:
Civic Trust Award plaque location map



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