SU1385 : Small pond, Cheney Manor Trading Estate, Swindon

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

Small pond, Cheney Manor Trading Estate, Swindon
Small pond, Cheney Manor Trading Estate, Swindon
This is the smaller of two rectangular ponds situated between a trading estate and a railway. It is a relic of the days when the North Wilts branch of the Wilts and Berks canal passed nearby. Virtually all traces of the canal have vanished other than these ponds, which act as a home for water fowl and a home away from home for anglers.
North Wilts branch Wilts and Berks canal
Written by Brian Robert Marshall


"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)
Sunday, 17 January, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 136 857 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:34.2168N 1:48.3101W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 135 857
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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