Chaddington Top Lock to South Marston Top Lock

8 Miles, Level, No Locks, 33 Bridges, 2 Aqueducts

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Author : Wiltshire Swindon & Oxfordshire Canal Partnership
Haylane Wharf
Haylane Wharf
Authors : C. E. Faulkner, Neil Rumbol
Wroughton Wharf
Wroughton Wharf
Authors : C. E. Faulkner, Neil Rumbol
Badgers Bridge
Badgers Bridge
Bushy Leaze/ Badgers Bridge

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Bushey Leaze or Badgers bridge was a single arch stone farm accommodation bridge, built in 1803 by Thomas Blinman for the Canal Company and cost £37 37s 9d.

This bridge was blown up in 1943 as part of an Army exercise in preparation for the D-Day landings.


Author : C. E. Faulkner
Wichelstowe
Wichelstowe
Authors : Colin May, Gary Kenyon
Beavan's Bridge
Beavan's Bridge
Beavan's Bridge

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Beavan's bridge is a single arch stone farm accommodation bridge, built in 1803 by Thomas Blinman for the Canal Company and cost £39 39s 8d.

This bridge was restored as part of a heritage Lottery funded project in conjunction with Swindon Borough Council and was completed in 2000.

Ron Robertson who led the bridge rebuild was quoted as saying “All we had to work on was traces of the footings” he also used measurements from Marsh Farm bridge.


Authors : Alan Tanzell, Colin May, Gary Kenyon
River Ray Aqueduct
River Ray Aqueduct
River Ray Aqueduct

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This aqueduct is a double arch stone water bridge, built in 1803 by David Burrell & Co for the Canal Company and cost £56 11s 9d.


Authors : C. E. Faulkner, Gary Kenyon
Railway/ Skew Bridge
Railway/ Skew Bridge
Railway/ Skew Bridge

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Skew bridge is a single arch bridge railway bridge, built in 1883 for the Swindon, Marlborough & Andover Railway, which then became the Midland & South Western Railway.

The line ran from Cirencester to Swindon Old Town and closed in 1961.


Authors : C. E. Faulkner, Colin May, Swindon Library
Kingshill Bridge
Kingshill Bridge
Kingshill Bridge

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Kingshill bridge was a stone single arch road bridge, built in 1803 by David Burrell for the Canal Company and cost £43 12s 3d.

This bridge was demolished during the canal infilling between 1920-22, when embanked approaches were levelled and the road straightened and widened.


Authors : Colin May, G. Puckey, J. Hood, Swindon Library
Marlborough Street/ Joseph Street Bridge
Marlborough Street/ Joseph Street Bridge
Marlborough Street/ Joseph Street Footbridge

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Marlborough Street or Joseph Streetbridge was a steel flat footbridge, built in 1898 by for the Swindon Corporation.

This bridge was demolished between 1920-22.


Author : Swindon Library
Cambria Bridge
Cambria Bridge
Cambria Bridge

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Cambria bridge was first built in 1877 by James Hilton, a speculative builder.

A wharf for Webb's timber yard was situated just south of the bridge on the eastern bank.

This bridge was widened and strengthened in 1893 by Swindon New Town Local Board at a cost of £1500.

Due to corrosion, the main span was replaced in 1978 by Thamesdown Council with a reinforced concrete span with brick parapets surmounted by steel railings. The original brick abutments were retained and the protective iron plate on the corner of the northern abutment, on the towpath side, shows characteristic rope wear grooves.


Authors : Gary Kenyon, Ken White, Neil Rumbol, Swindon Library
Commercial Road/ Milton Road Bridge
Commercial Road/ Milton Road Bridge
Commercial Road Bridge/ Milton Road Bridge

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Commercial Road Bridge, also known as Milton Road Bridge, replaced Black Bridge and sited 60 yards to the east of it. A wharf was situated on the south bank just east of this bridge.

Commercial Road Bridge was the only bridge in Swindon to exhibit any signs of architectural merit. With its elegant low bow arch, stone balustrades contrasting with the brickwork, and ornamental lamp posts at all four corners, it must have looked very attractive in its heyday.

Steps and slopes going down to the canal level were removed some time before 1960 and access from Milton Road fenced off. In 1977, steps at the Northwest corner were rebuilt to provide access to the Brunel Centre.

Both frontages of the brick arch were given an extra skin of new bricks in April 1981 and the old stone balustrades removed and replaced by concrete block and bricks.


Authors : Gary Kenyon, Ken White, Neil Rumbol