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KENNET & AVON CANAL
Bibliophile price: £4.50
A journey from Newbury to Bath in 1964, goodness how much has changed in 55 years! This photographic journey takes us along a well-trodden footpath, under ancient bridges, over locks and swing bridges, wooden bridges on brick piers, and in 1964 very overgrown towpaths, rotting timbers and crumbling masonry. Masonic symbols are carved into many and there is a complete glossary of the hieroglyphs of these mason's marks as studied in 1918 by Major Gorham of the Somerset Masters Lodge. They are found scattered over Avon Cliff and Dundas aqueducts and the Sydney Gardens tunnels. Delightful cast-iron footbridges, chimneys with ornate decorations to spot and of course the 1825 Canal House built on top of a tunnel entrance with a secret hole beneath which it is said boatmen passing from the Canal Company's offices above could receive messages or packages. See Claverton Pumping Station and a classic example of how canal engineers used streams both to supply the canal with water and to act as an overflow channel in time of flood. They were known as the Sheepwash Feeder. John Russell photographed canal scenery and used eight rolls of film over four days until he arrived in Bath. A further trip in the spring of 1965 resulted in a total of over 400 photographs and here is a selection of the very best with a fabulous text. 1997 first edition, 136pp with useful glossary and fantastic list of the condition of the structures as of 1964 with mileages from the canal's junction with the River Thames. Large softback, photos.

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