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Kennet Avon Canal Devizes to Bradford on Avon

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Seend Park Swing Bridge no. 155 :

2017 ST9161 : Swing bridge over canal south of Bowerhill by David Smith
2017 ST9161 : Footpath sign at canal swingbridge near Bowerhill by David Smith
2012 ST9161 : Bridge 155 on the Kennet and Avon Canal, looking west by Rob Purvis
2017 ST9161 : Well concealed pillbox by canal towpath by David Smith

2007 - It can be great fun for a narrowboat owner crashing through cat ice on
the canal early morning, but BEWARE, if the ice a is any thicker you can scrape
the protective layer of blacking off your own boat and any moored boats you pass,
and as for the tupperware Noddyboats, the ice you force sideways could puncture
their hulls and sink a few. MEP
ST9161 : Frozen and misty canal by Doug Lee
The image shows a not entirely atypical December view of the Kennet and Avon: low temperatures preserved by daytime mist cover has left a thin, but not unsubstantial, layer of ice on the canal. This made very impressive breaking sounds when shortly after the image was taken a narrow boat with icebreaker pretensions made slow progress along the canal.
by Doug Lee

ST9161 : Seend Park Swing Bridge I, Kennet and Avon Canal by Dr Neil Clifton
Seen from the west. There are two Seend Park Swing Bridges: this one has the alternative name Seend Park Foot Swing Bridge, although there are bridleway rights across it, so it could legally be used by cyclists and equestrians. The bridleway links the ever-expanding Melksham suburb of Bowerhill with the village of Seend Cleeve.
by Dr Neil Clifton


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Lowes Swing Bridge no. 157 :

ST9160 : Pillbox in woodland beside Kennet and Avon Canal by Doug Lee
This pillbox, which I believe is a type 24 pillbox, is located beside the Kennet and Avon canal although it's separated from the canal by the thick hedgerow shown on the right of the image. It is not visible from the canal but is located in the corner of Freddie's Wood.

During World War II the Kennet and Avon canal formed part of the General Headquarters (GHQ) Line which was intended to contain - or at least slow down - an invasion force. There are pillboxes every few hundred metres along this section of canal and they are presumably part of the defensible positions along the GHQ line. It is possible that they were also loosely associated with RAF Melksham which was located less than a kilometre to the north, although this was primarily a training establishment for RAF groundcrew.
by Doug Lee

ST9160 : Seend Park Swing Bridge II by Dr Neil Clifton
Seen from the west. This is the second of the two Seend Park Swing Bridges. It is sometimes called Lowes Bridge. It only carries a bridleway, but its deck is slightly wider than the other bridge, and it would possibly take a farm cart.
by Dr Neil Clifton

ST9160 : Kennet & Avon Canal by Michel Van den Berghe
Lowes Swing Bridge
by Michel Van den Berghe

2017 ST9160 : Canal overflow spillway by David Smith2017 ST9160 : Narrow boat on canal east of Seend Park Farm by David Smith2012 ST9160 : Swing bridge near Seend Park Farm by Simon Mortimer2011 ST9160 : Swing bridge on the Kennet and Avon canal by Rob Purvis2011 ST9160 : Lowes Swing Bridge, Kennet & Avon Canal by Stephen McKay


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