SP4304 : Ferry winding gear, Bablock Hythe, Oxon

taken 3 years ago, near to West End, Oxfordshire, Great Britain

Ferry winding gear, Bablock Hythe, Oxon
Ferry winding gear, Bablock Hythe, Oxon
Records show that there has been a ferry here for well over a thousand years, and it could have been running for much longer. For a very long period it was a rope ferry using a rope strung across the river. This had the major disadvantage of impeding the passage of boats on the river. In late Victorian times a chain or cable laid on the river bed was used but there seems to have been a lot of objections to this and for a while the two methods alternated. This winding gear doesn't seem to have been used for some time and may be obsolete. The ferry service since about 1964 has only run for intermittent periods. The current position is unknown.

In early days the ferry could accommodate horses but later it took two or three motor vehicles or one lorry or farm equipment. The boat used recently could not take motor vehicles.

SP4304 : Ferry crossing point, River Thames, Bablock Hythe, Oxon.
SP4304 : River Thames and ferry crossing point, Bablock Hythe, Oxon.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 28 May, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 15 March, 2018
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Village, Rural settlement 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 434 042 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:44.1007N 1:22.3239W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 434 042
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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