SU1385 : Pond, Cheney Manor Trading Estate, Swindon (1)

taken 8 years ago, 3 km from Haydon Wick, Swindon, Great Britain

Pond, Cheney Manor Trading Estate, Swindon (1)
Pond, Cheney Manor Trading Estate, Swindon (1)
There are two of these rectangular ponds between the edge of the trading estate and the Swindon to Gloucester railway. This is the larger of the two viewed facing south-east. Nowadays its purpose is for coarse fishing. Originally it would have acted as a storage pond for the long-defunct Wilts and Berks canal, North Wilts branch of which no other trace remains on the estate.
North Wilts branch Wilts and Berks canal
Written by Brian Robert Marshall

From wbct.org.uk:

"The North Wilts Canal was nine miles long and had twelve locks. With aqueducts over the River Ray and the Upper Thames, and a short tunnel near Cricklade, it was opened on 2nd April 1819, linking the Wilts & Berks Canal at Swindon to the Thames & Severn Canal at Latton. This provided an alternative route for trading boats enabling them to avoid the difficult Thames Navigation above Abingdon. However, the W & B always proved of limited economic value; the Kennet and Avon, built as a wide canal offering passage for 14 feet beam boats (compared to the W & B narrowboats with only a seven feet beam) provided a shorter, speedier and more economic route to the London market."
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Date Taken
Sunday, 17 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 17 January, 2010
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Pond   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 133 859 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:34.3143N 1:48.5521W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 132 859
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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