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Trowlock Island

Trowlock Island is a residential island in the River Thames Script error: No such module "convert". upstream of Teddington Lock on the non-tidal Kingston reach less than 10 metres from the northern bank, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England.


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Trowlock Island chain ferry

Teddington Lock's Weir is a large structure on the same side of the river by Teddington Studios and the Lensbury Club[n 1], which is Script error: No such module "convert". downstream.[1] From the Thames Path crossing across the Lock in the north Ham is accessible.[2] From the Teddington riverside by the island, stations of Hampton Wick and Teddington are Script error: No such module "convert". and Script error: No such module "convert". respectively by foot or road and therefore the centre of Hampton Wick is closer to the island than any other settlement.[1]

Trowlock Island contains 29 bungalows in plots as well as the Royal Canoe Club's clubhouse and gym.[2] Trowlock Island is about a third of a mile (535 metres) long with a path down the middle and houses on either side.[2] Beyond the last house is a lightly wooded area with moorings on both the main river and the backwater. Access to the island is by way of a hand wound chain ferry.[3]


Like many islands in the Thames, the form of the island has changed over time, being shown as three separate islets on John Rocque's map of 1746.[4] The name derives from Trow, a type of barge averaging 50–60 tons.[5] Harry Gibbs' boat building firm was located on the island in 1910.[6]

Maintenance and facilities

Trowlock Island Limited manages the shared infrastructure of the island and its board of directors is elected by the shareholders — each bungalow or plot of land carries with it a number of shares so that all houseowners plus the Royal Canoe Club collectively own the company. The Canoe Club has made a recent significant investment in providing new facilities for young people, including a new gym, boatsheds and training facility. Included in this re-development is a plan for encouraging bio-diversity, such as bats (pipistrelle and Daubenton's bat being the species most likely to be found in the area), water fowl and rare species of cultivated plants.[7]

A short of a video of Trowlock island in summer, that takes a viewer around the island, is available.[8]


The island, with surrounding water and banks of reach of the Thames are home to numerous species of wildlife; the following can be seen as nesting nearby:[citation needed] </div>

Less frequently spotted are:[citation needed]


Notes and References

  1. ^ On the northern bank, traditionally e.g. in boat races referred to as the Middlesex bank such as Teddington Head Race in early November

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