SU1385 : Pond, Cheney Manor Trading Estate, Swindon (6)

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

Pond, Cheney Manor Trading Estate, Swindon (6)
Pond, Cheney Manor Trading Estate, Swindon (6)
The functional building seen here is rather younger than the pond, which probably dates back to the early 19th century. The Wilts and Berks canal first opened in 1810 and there was a branch of the canal called the North Wilts which ran nearby. This pond, together with a smaller neighbour, provided water for the canal. Virtually all traces of the canal in this locality have vanished.
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 133 859 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:34.3304N 1:48.5434W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 135 857
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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