SU1385 : Pond, Cheney Manor Trading Estate, Swindon (7)

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

Pond, Cheney Manor Trading Estate, Swindon (7)
Pond, Cheney Manor Trading Estate, Swindon (7)
This pond acted as a header tank for the nearby North Wilts branch of the Wilts and Berks canal, extant from 1819 to about 1900. The branch connected the parent canal to the Thames and Severn canal near Latton. Virtually all traces of the branch have disappeared at this location other than the two ponds of which this is the larger.
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
Category
Pond   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 135 858 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:34.2654N 1:48.3792W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 135 857
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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