SU0781 : Further east along the Wilts & Berks canal, Royal Wootton Bassett

taken 6 years ago, near to Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, England

Further east along the Wilts & Berks canal, Royal Wootton Bassett
Further east along the Wilts & Berks canal, Royal Wootton Bassett
This image was taken from a small boat on an inaugural trip for paying passengers on the recently restored stretch of canal. Our boat is about to pass under a footbridge taking a footpath over the canal.
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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Geographical Context: Sport, Leisure Suburb, Urban fringe Canals Primary Subject: Canal
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Brian Robert Marshall   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Saturday, 15 September, 2018   (more nearby)
Sunday, 16 September, 2018
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 075 816 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:32.0170N 1:53.5874W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 074 816
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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