SU0881 : Remains of Woodshaw Bridge, Wilts & Berks Canal, near Royal Wootton Bassett

taken 5 years ago, near to Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Remains of Woodshaw Bridge, Wilts & Berks Canal, near Royal Wootton Bassett
Remains of Woodshaw Bridge, Wilts & Berks Canal, near Royal Wootton Bassett
The footpath going directly ahead follows the line of the former towpath, while the footpath signposted to the right leads across the canal and the railway line towards Lower Woodshaw Farm. The canal lies to the right of the path: the small footbridge crosses a tiny ditch or stream that runs into the canal. The brickwork belongs to the remains Woodshaw Bridge, a former accommodation bridge over the canal, which is just below the location of Woodshaw Lock, which itself is ruined and no longer visible. LinkExternal link
Wilts & Berks Canal :: SU0981
The Wilts & Berks Canal was promoted from 1793 as a means of providing cheap transport. The Bill empowering construction of the canal received Royal Assent in 1795 and the canal was cut from the Kennet & Avon Canal at Semington, near Melksham, to the River Thames at Abingdon during the years 1796 to 1810. A link from Swindon to the Thames & Severn Canal at Latton (near Cricklade) was completed in 1819. This link, known as the North Wilts Canal, allowed traffic to bypass the difficult River Thames navigation between Lechlade and Abingdon.
The main line of the canal was 52 miles long, with six miles of branches and nine miles of the North Wilts Canal. It was cut to take narrowboats 72 feet long and seven feet wide, carrying 35 tons. There were 42 locks on the main line, 11 on the North Wilts Canal and three on the Calne branch. There were three short tunnels.
The canal enjoyed a period of prosperity between 1817 and 1841. However, with the coming of the Great Western Railway in 1841 decline set in. Stanley Aqueduct between Chippenham and Calne collapsed in 1901, stopping through traffic, and the canal was abandoned by Act of Parliament in 1914. LinkExternal link LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 8 October, 2013   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 15 October, 2013
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Paths  Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 0845 8183 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:32.1188N 1:52.7740W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 0847 8183
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