SP4929 : Bridge 194 & Somerton Deep lock Oxford Canal

taken 22 years ago, near to Somerton, Oxfordshire, Great Britain

Bridge 194 & Somerton Deep lock Oxford Canal
Bridge 194 & Somerton Deep lock Oxford Canal
An important canal that showed a profit into the 20th century it was authorised in 1769. James Brindley was appointed engineer to build a 91 mile contour canal. Samuel Simcock took over on Brindley's death in 1772. He completed the line from the Coventry Canal at Longford to Banbury in 1778. The canal was finally brought into Oxford in 1790. The Grand Junction Canal opened in 1800 threatening the Oxford Canal's traffic and they protected themselves by charging very high rates for their 5.5 mile stretch between Braunston and Napton. The outdated contour canal came under increasing threat in the 1820s from various proposed new schemes so they undertook enormous engineering works north of Braunston cutting 14 miles off the 36 miles between Braunston and the Coventry Canal. The truncated loops and branches were crossed by elegant bridges inscribed 'Horseley Ironworks 1828'.

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Date Taken
Sunday, 26 May, 1996   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 1 August, 2007
Category
Canal bridge   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 494 298 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:57.9014N 1:16.8741W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 496 296
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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