An Unusual Waterway

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.

6 response to "An Unusual Waterway"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: December 21, 2022

    Sounds like we are all having some kind of weather! Glad you were able to get out for a ride. Love that octagonal tower..

    • By: DJG Posted: December 22, 2022

      Nancy, thanks to the Church’s website I found that St Mary’s dates from the mid 13th century . Also the upper storey of the tower replaced a steeple that had collapsed in a storm in 1740. In addition the interior of the church was restored in 1851.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 21, 2022

    Interesting story about the canal and the brick works.
    Lots of existing canals are used for pleasure tours by boat aren’t they?

    • By: DJG Posted: December 22, 2022

      Rich, you’re right I’m finding it very interesting looking into the history of what I’ve taken for granted for so long.
      Yes our local canals, the Oxford and the Kennet and Avon in Berkshire/ Wiltshire (this runs from the Thames at Reading to the Avon at Bath) are both very popular for pleasure craft. In addition, certainly around Oxford there are large numbers of moored craft used as permanent living accommodation.

  3. By: gregblood Posted: December 23, 2022

    All interesting pictures–especially (to me) that ominous wedge-shaped storm cloud.

    • By: DJG Posted: December 23, 2022

      Sadly just after I put the camera away a double rainbow appeared, so no record of that.

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