Old Pictures: Kennet & Avon Canal

Old Pictures: Kennet & Avon Canal

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Click on the thumbnail pictures for a larger view The Upper Wharf of the canal in Bradford’s Frome Road in about 1925, with a wooden horse-drawn barge being prepared for work. Just above the tiny cabin of the barge can be seen the small building which was the lock-keeper’s office. To its right is one of the diamond-shaped cast iron signs that showed the weight...

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The Kennet & Avon Canal: timeline

1723: The River Kennet Navigation opened, Newbury to Reading

1727: The River Avon Navigation opened, Bath to Bristol

1788: In April, a canal linking the Kennet and Avon proposed at a meeting in Newbury

1789: Surveyed route presented to shareholders in the summer

1793: The Kennet & Avon Canal Act passed on 27th August

1794: The first sod cut, at Bradford,...

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Explore the Kennet & Avon Canal

Explore the Kennet & Avon Canal

Bradford on Avon & Holt & Westwood & Winsley, Wiltshire .

The River Avon was canalised between Bath and Bristol in 1727, while to the east, the River Kennet Navigation from Newbury to the confluence with the River Thames at Reading had been made in...

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Explore Bradford: The Canal Wharves

Explore Bradford: The Canal Wharves

Past the Canal Tavern pub the Frome Road does a sharp double bend over a hump-back bridge which takes it across the Kennet & Avon Canal. Beneath the bridge is the first canal lock above Bath, which separates lower and upper canal wharves. The lower wharf mainly handled coal coming from the Somerset coalfield and stone going westwards, while the upper wharf handled various goods...

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Canals to Bradford on Avon

Canals to Bradford on Avon

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The Kennet & Avon Canal was fully opened in 1810, connecting the town to London in the east and Bristol to the west. The Somersetshire Coal Canal linked it to the North Somerset Coalfield and the Wilts & Berks Canal and North Wilts Canal gave easier access to the Midlands. The Dorset & Somerset Canal was intended to link the...

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