SP5077 : Brownsover Hall Hotel - Bridge over Brownsover Arm

taken 4 months ago, near to Cosford, Warwickshire, Great Britain

Brownsover Hall Hotel - Bridge over Brownsover Arm
Brownsover Hall Hotel - Bridge over Brownsover Arm
This old red-brick bridge crosses the Brownsover Arm of the Oxford Canal within the grounds of SP5077 : Brownsover Hall Hotel - from its southern gardens
The towpath is on the far side of the bridge and cannot be accessed from the grounds due to a padlocked gate at the far end of the bridge. I think that this locked gate is more to prevent people entering the hotel's grounds rather than to prevent guests from accessing the towpath however.
Brownsover Hall

Brownsover Hall was built in the mid C19th by Sir George Gilbert Scott for the then-owners the Ward-Boughton-Leigh family. It is principally of red brick with stone dressings and blue brick patterns (some of which look rather like space invaders!) and is in the Victorian Gothic style.
Between 1936 and 1942 it was the home of famous inventor, Sir Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine.
In the 1970s it was converted into a hotel, which it still is. Including those in various annexes (such as the stables) it has 47 bedrooms. It is set within 7 acres of landscaped grounds which are bounded on the western side by the disused Brownsover Arm of the Oxford Canal. The nearby Swift Valley nature reserve can be accessed via the canal towpath exterior to grounds.
The hotel's website: LinkExternal link
English Heritage listings:
Brownsover Hall (main house) (Grade II*) LinkExternal link
Stable Block (Grade II) LinkExternal link
Coach House (Grade II) LinkExternal link
Coachman's Cottage (Grade II) LinkExternal link

Brownsover Arm of Oxford Canal

The disused Brownsover Arm of the Oxford Canal is still in water though too shallow for narrowboats to navigate, and I think access to it is barred (possibly by a weir) at its junction with the main Oxford Canal.
It departs from (or joins onto) the Oxford Canal at SP50767711 just south of the village of Brownsover and heads northwards terminating at Cosford, though originally I believe this formed part of the Oxford Canal itself and so would have continued on, but even the oldest maps do not show this.
This stretch of canal was retained to feed water from the River Swift, and nowadays the towpath leads into the scenic Swift Valley Nature Reserve (see LinkExternal link )

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Date Taken
Sunday, 30 May, 2021   (more nearby)
Thursday, 3 June, 2021
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  Country estates  Canals 
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Brownsover  Rugby 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 5064 7751 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:23.5966N 1:15.4352W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 5065 7750
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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