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In pictures: Thames and Severn Canal

Wiltshire canals

A brand new book entitled The Thames and Severn Canal by Humphrey Household, has just been published, about the first ever trunk waterways in the county.

Latton Wharf House

The Thames and Severn Canal runs through Gloucestershire and part of Wiltshire taking in the glorious Cotswold hills. This is Latton Wharf House, Cricklade seen from the rear, taken in 1949.

Hope Mill Lock

The canal was completed in 1789 at a cost of 250,000. The canal was also known as a "broad canal" which meant boats with a 14 foot beam could use it. This picture shows Hope Mill in 1948.

Milestone

The canal formed a link between the River Thames and the River Severn. This pictures shows one of the many milestones along the canal.

Latton Wharf

Much of the canal, was abandoned in 1927 as the railways took over, but after 70 years of neglect it's now under restoration. This picture shows inside Latton Wharf, Cricklade.

Latton Wharf

The Sapperton Tunnel was an amazing piece of engineering. This picture shows a closer view of Latton Wharf, inside the rear portion of the warehouse space.

Wiltshire canals

These pictures are taken from the book The Thames and Severn Canal by Humphrey Household.




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