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Kennet Avon Canal Devizes to Bradford on Avon

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BRADFORD on AVON

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Bradford Wharf : Bradford Lock no. 14 : Bradford Lock Bridge no. 172 :

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2009 ST8260 : The Francis John, Bradford-on-Avon by Maigheach-gheal2009 ST8260 : Canal scene, Bradford-on-Avon by Maigheach-gheal
2010 ST8260 : Sign for the Barge Inn by Maigheach-gheal2008 ST8260 : Lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal by Sarah Charlesworth
2009 ST8260 : Kennet and Avon Canal, Bradford-on-Avon by Maigheach-gheal2013 ST8260 : Kennet & Avon Canal by Oast House Archive
2015 ST8260 : Wharf Cottage tearooms, Bradford-on-Avon by Christine Johnstone2015 ST8260 : Double Locking at Bradford Lock by Ian Murfitt
2011 ST8260 : Canalside houses, Bradford-on-Avon by Jaggery2013 ST8260 : Canal Tavern sign by Oast House Archive
2015 ST8260 : Bradford Lock [No 14], Kennet & Avon Canal by Christine Johnstone2015 ST8260 : Bradford Lock Bridge [No 172], from the south by Christine Johnstone

1977
ST8260 : Bradford Wharf, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
This shows the wharf as it was in 1977 when derelict, but the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust have now restored it and it no longer presents the above neglected appearance.
by Dr Neil Clifton


2009
ST8260 : Canal boat on the way up the Kennet and Avon canal (1) by Brian Robert Marshall
The bridge in the background carries the B3109 Frome Road over the canal. The canal is lower to the west than it is to the east so the lock provides for boats to climb up the incline. The change in height is about 3 metres or perhaps a little more. A relatively small boat is about to enter the lock from the west. Next image: LinkExternal link
by Brian Robert Marshall


2009
ST8260 : Canal boat on the way up the Kennet and Avon canal (2) by Brian Robert Marshall
As canal boats go this is a fairly small one. Here it is passing through the gates into the lock from the canal to the west. Next image: LinkExternal link
by Brian Robert Marshall


2009
ST8260 : Canal boat on the way up the Kennet and Avon canal (3) by Brian Robert Marshall
The canal boat is now firmly in the lock, all gates have been closed and the sluices opened to fill the lock. It doesn't take long given the large volume of water needed. The rise is in the order of 4 metres. Next image: LinkExternal link
by Brian Robert Marshall


2009
ST8260 : Canal boat on the way up the Kennet and Avon canal (4) by Brian Robert Marshall
The lock is now almost full and in a couple of minutes the gates can be opened allowing the boat to move out of it. Next image: LinkExternal link
by Brian Robert Marshall


2009
ST8260 : Canal boat on the way up the Kennet and Avon canal (5) by Brian Robert Marshall
The lock is now full and the boat, which entered from the west, will be on its way any minute now. The process of closing and opening gates and sluices and passing a boat from one side of the lock to another takes about ten minutes. First image: LinkExternal link
by Brian Robert Marshall


2009
ST8260 : Canal boat on the way down the Kennet and Avon canal (1) by Brian Robert Marshall
I missed the very beginning of the manoeuvre to turn this boat round. Never mind. This is a very large boat and is being used to carry a coach party down the canal to the west. The boatmen are very skilled and can turn the boat round in its own length across the canal basin. Next image: LinkExternal link
by Brian Robert Marshall


2009
ST8260 : Canal boat on the way down the Kennet and Avon canal (2) by Brian Robert Marshall
The large canal boat with its crew and passengers is being turned round in its own length so that it can proceed on its journey to the west via a nearby lock. Next image: LinkExternal link
by Brian Robert Marshall


2009
ST8260 : Canal boat on the way down the Kennet and Avon canal (3) by Brian Robert Marshall
The large boat is being turned round to face into the lock out of shot to the right so that it can carry its passengers on a pleasure trip down the canal. The 'Barbara McLellan' was built in 1982 and moved to the K&A from Cambridgeshire in 1999. More here LinkExternal link Next image: LinkExternal link
by Brian Robert Marshall


2009
ST8260 : Canal boat on the way down the Kennet and Avon canal (4) by Brian Robert Marshall
The large pleasure boat 'Barbara McLellan' is almost hidden by a smaller boat. It is on its way to the lock so that it can drop down to the level of the canal to the west. Next image: LinkExternal link
by Brian Robert Marshall


2009
ST8260 : Canal boat on the way down the Kennet and Avon canal (5) by Brian Robert Marshall
The large canal boat 'Barbara McLellan' is now safely in the lock and the sluices have been opened to empty the lock so that the boat can be on its way west. Next image: LinkExternal link
by Brian Robert Marshall


2009
ST8260 : Canal boat on the way down the Kennet and Avon canal (6) by Brian Robert Marshall
The sluices having been opened, the level of water in the lock is falling quite fast. Compare with the previous image LinkExternal link Next image: LinkExternal link
by Brian Robert Marshall


2009
ST8260 : Canal boat on the way down the Kennet and Avon canal (7) by Brian Robert Marshall
The top of the 'Barbara McLellan' is now well below the top of the lock and in a short while the gates at the far end can be opened to allow the quite large boat out. Next image: LinkExternal link
by Brian Robert Marshall


2009
ST8260 : Canal boat on the way down the Kennet and Avon canal (8) by Brian Robert Marshall
The lock is about empty now and the 'Barbara McLellan' is now well down in the lock. Next image: LinkExternal link
by Brian Robert Marshall


2009
ST8260 : Canal boat on the way down the Kennet and Avon canal (9) by Brian Robert Marshall
The lock is empty and the gates at the far end are being opened to allow the 'Barbara McLellan' to pass into the canal. Next image: LinkExternal link
by Brian Robert Marshall


2009
ST8260 : Canal boat on the way down the Kennet and Avon canal (10) by Brian Robert Marshall
The 'Barbara McLellan' is now able to leave the lock with its complement of crew and passengers for a leisurely cruise along the canal to the west. First image: LinkExternal link
by Brian Robert Marshall






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