Most of this site is available for restoration
O.S. Reference: 226879 to 238879
Water Level height A.O.D.: 89.651m
What Jack Dalby said in 1985.|
"....the bed is almost clear..."
Probable deviation of about 200 metres where the road has been diverted east of Lowerfield Farm Crossing. Presumably this was the site of Bourton Wharf.
Up to Steppingstone Lane Bridge the bed was unfilled but silted and
It has since been cleared and dredged, over a period of years - the work was not straightforward.
|Steppingstone Lane Bridge
The bridge carries a public bridleway, which was once the main road south from Shrivenham.
During 2002 the bridleway was diverted onto a bund alongside, and clearance of the structure is well advanced.
The channel has been cleared down to the invert, which is in excellent condition below the water.
The lower parts of the spandrel walls are now visible. An interesting feature is that the north spandrel brickwork has been laid on a slope, presumably to reflect the slope of the roadway. The south spandrels are laid horizontally.
Part of the headwall of the pipe which was put in when the bridge was lowered is still in place.
|The bridge in early 2012, apparently awaiting coping stones.|
The carriageway has been surfaced but not yet opened, and the bund carrying the temporaary roadway is still in place.
From Steppingstone Lane Bridge to Station Road Bridge the Canal, originally overgrown and silted up, has been cleared and dredged, but has subsequently suffered from vigorous reed growth.
Station Road Bridge
There is a proposed right of way from Station Road to Steppingstones Lane Bridge. The original towpath was on the north side of the canal, currently heavily overgrown. It is planned to reinstate this in due course.
No reliable supplies. The section relies on drainage from the surrounding land and such water as comes through the culvert under Lowerfield Farm Crossing.
The Victoria, 300 yds. south from Shrivenham Arch Bridge. Now re-named The Fat Dog. Not sampled recently.
Further away, there is a choice of 4 pubs in the centre of Shrivenham.
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