Wednesday is usually my cycling day of the week, so having missed out last week on a decent ride due to the weather I was more than happy to get out today.
I found this cloud formation interesting, until a few minutes later it dumped its load on me, I had to scuttle away to the safety of a nearby flyover until it passed.
This locations importance can be explained via the following.
Apologies for the blurred shot.
The Canal is around a 100 yards for the site of the Brick Kiln, this place is known as Childrey Wharf.
The following information was obtained from the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust website.
Construction work began in 1795, and a grand opening ceremony was held in Abingdon in September 1810. The Canal ran for 52 miles from Abingdon in Berkshire (county boundaries were altered in 1974) to just south of Melksham in Wiltshire. In Abingdon it ran into/out of the Thames, in Melksham in ran into / out of the Kennet and Avon Canal.
The Great Western Railway connecting London to Bristol was completed in 1841, where after the canal traffic and trade diminished considerably. As use of the canal declined an Act of Parliament was passed in 1914 allowing the Canal Company to abandon the canal, leaving it to its own devices.
Bricks made and fired at the Brick Kiln Works would be transferred to barges on the canal for distribution.
So, this is the unusual waterway, there are two Canals in Oxfordshire, namely the Oxford that runs from the centre of the City up to the midlands around Coventry. Todays Canal is the second. There are plans to re-open some sections I will try to find some that are in use in the county, some time in the future.
From Childrey Wharf it was off to Uffington for a quick bite to eat and then home.
Always pleased to see the octagonal tower of the village church. Yet another great day out on the brick.