SECTION 31

SHRIVENHAM

STATION ROAD BRIDGE TO STAINSWICK LANE LIFT BRIDGE

STATUS
We have permission to restore all of this section. There are technical problems at the west end, adjoining the electricity sub station.

Length: 4.325km/2.69M
O.S. Reference: 238879 to 274893
Water Level height A.O.D.: Shrivenham level: 89.651m.
Features:
  • Cemetery Bridge (Stainswick Lane) 243882
Map in course of preparation

DESCRIPTION

What Jack Dalby said in 1985.
"The bed is then clear almost up to Cemetery Bridge site at 242882 except for an infilled path crossing at 234880. The B4000 bridge is intact, the only one on the whole length of the W&B.

The Canal emerges from Shrivenham Arch Bridge in a fairly deep cutting. The bed appears to be silted up to towpath level for the first 100 yards or so; the bed has been narrowed for the first 50 yds. or so by an embankment supporting an electricity sub-station.
On the north side of the Canal is a former Canal wharf, complete with some of its original buildings - much altered over the years.
A short distance further on, the Canal has been dredged all the way to Stainswick Lane, and holds water most of the year.
The level is controlled by a run-off point a few ysrds west of Stainswick Lane.
Stainswick Lane was originally crossed by a lift bridge, and a slight hump in the road is still visible.
Replacement of Stainswick Lift Bridge by a hydraulically operated lift bridge is planned. This project is ready to start as soon as funding is available.

RIGHT OF WAY

None shown on the O.S. map; the towpath here is on the south side of the Canal. Walking is permitted along the whole length.

WATER SUPPLIES

None known

HOSTELRIES

The Victoria, 200 yds. south of Shrivenham Arch Bridge. Free House, recommended. Half a mile to the north, there is a choice of 4 hostelries in Shrivenham.

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Updated: 20.8.2002