070416.Claverton, The Lively Ivy Viney Crawled up the Water Bridge

April 16, 2007 at 1:39 AM | Posted in Bridges, Canals, Claverton, countryside, somerset | 6 Comments

The lively ivy viney crawled up the water bridge
Deep into mortar grew its roots along the ridge
While trapped moisture and the sun fed its photosynthesis
But the resultant mortar loss means the bridge is now much missed

Bridge over the Kennet and Avon Canal, Claverton, Somerset

070412.Bathwick, Light at the End of the Tunnel 3

April 12, 2007 at 1:04 PM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bathwick, Bridges, Light and Shadow, Peephole Views, Reflection, River Avon, somerset | 4 Comments

“Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — :
‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.'” (Eliot Rosewater in God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater)-Vonnegut See clip here


Under Cleveland House along the Kenneth and Avon Canal

070411.Bathwick, Light at the End of the Tunnel 2

April 11, 2007 at 2:26 PM | Posted in Bath, Bathwick, Bridges, Canals, Light and Shadow, Mansion, Reflection, somerset | 5 Comments

This is the 201st post! JC’s been kind enough to post 25 of them for me while I’ve been away at various times. (And you’ll notice, she always posts at exact intervals, pretty impressive.) I should have done something big for yesterday’s post. Oh well, I’ll wait for the 238th post spectacular. 070226.034.Somset.Bathwick.ClevelandHus.Kennet&AvonCanal
Someone please explain exactly how this happens and why it is so great. Come one, any mathematicians out there, surfing the net, killing time, itching to do something completely irrelevant? You know you want to explain the properties of light refraction on nearly still water.

“So here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.”

“All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is. Take it moment by moment, and you find that we are all, as I’ve said before, bugs in amber.”-Vonnegut

This is under Cleveland House on the Kennet and Avon Canal

070409.Widcombe, Light at the End of the Tunnel 1

April 9, 2007 at 3:09 AM | Posted in Bridges, Light and Shadow, Reflection, River Avon, Widcombe | 4 Comments


“Part of the Widcombe Locks of the Kennett and Avon Canal.”

I can’t tell you more than that. I think James has returned, but he hasn’t told me yet, and he has not yet posted his usual slightly-after-midnight post, so maybe he’s not. Dear readers of Bath Daily Photo, you are EXACTLY AS INFORMED as I am. Possibly moreso.

070305.Monkton Combe-Winsley, Flight of the Black Pig

March 5, 2007 at 1:23 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bridges, Canals, Chisel Marks, Conservation, countryside, Doric Order, Monkton Combe, people, river, River Avon, Riverboats, somerset, Trees, Wiltshire, Winsley | 6 Comments

070303.022.Somset.MonktonCombe.Dundas Aqueduct Basin
070303.023.Somset.MonktonCombe.Dundas Aqueduct Basin
The black riverboat is the Black Pig and it’s going over the Dundas Aqueduct, which means it is between Monkton Combe, Somerset and Winsley, Wiltshire (the lines aren’t exact so I might be wrong–also both a “symbolic counties” only.)
The black-red riverboat doesn’t have a name, and perhaps for good reason because we’ll be checking up on it tomorrow. Are you excited? I know I would be if I were in your place. But I’m not. I took the photos and know what is going to happen. It’s nothing to be all that excited about but maybe I shouldn’t have told you that.

This 1798 aqueduct spans 150 feet of the Kennet and Avon Canal over the River Avon on three arches. In 1961, it was designated an Ancient Monument Grade I and three years later they “conserved” it by fixing up its leaks and relining it with concrete. Ironically, it was built on the inferior local Bath stone material instead of the recommended brick because before the canal was built brick was far more expensive than local stone, which would of course change after the completion of the canal. Of course, Bath stone became popular after the completion of this canal as well (as previously discussed in the Ralph Allen series.)

Dundas Aqueduct

“At the opposite extremity of the [Monkton Combe] Parish towards the east the stream of the Avon is spanned by the Dundas Aqueduct. This engineering work, very different in appearance and use from the Roman aqueducts, forms a beautiful object when seen from the top of the hill on which Limpley Stoke lies. It is in form a graceful bridge of Bath stone in three arches. But instead of a highroad, it carries the Kennet and Avon Canal across
“Charles Dundas, after whom it is named, was a man of some eminence in his time. Born in 1751, he entered Parliament in 1774, and remained a member the rest of his life, being for the greater part of the time Member for Berkshire. His first wife brought him the estate of Kentbury, Amesbury in Wiltshire, and that brought him into connexion with Bath by means of the Kennet and Avon Canal. In the Act of Parliament passed for the construction of this canal the name of Charles Dundas occurs iin the long list of proprietors. But he appears really to have been one of the originators and chief promoters of the scheme. Probably his own estate benefited by it. But as the canal was a public work of great utility to the City of Bath and the Country of Wilts, Dundas must rank as a public benefactor, who deserves to be remembered. In 1832 he was raised to the peerage with the title Baron Amesbury. But in the same year he died [of cholera and is buried in Kintbury].
“For the tablets and inscriptions on the two sides of the Aqueduct see [below].
“When the canal was opened in 1810 track boats for passengers were put upon it, called locally “the Scotch boats,” because built after a Scotch model; and it became a favourite amusement for the inhabitants of Bath to travel out in them in leisurely fashion to the Dundas Aqueduct, and spend the day at the Italian villa with grounds sloping down to the water, now occupied by Mrs. Freestun, but then a hotel.” –D. Lee Pitcairn and Alfred Richardson, An Historical Guide to Monkton Combe, Combe Down and Claverton (Bath: F. Goodall Printer, 1924), 30-31.

Read more with British Waterways [here], or on the very informative “Kennet and Avon Scrapbook.”

Dundas Aqueduct; plaque, south face.


Dundas Aqueduct; plaque, north face.

070301.Newton-St. Low, THEME DAY: “Men at Work:” Life in a Crew Shell

March 1, 2007 at 1:12 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bridges, Corston, countryside, Fishing, Light and Shadow, Mansion, Newbridge, Newton St. Loe, people, Reflection, river, River Avon, Riverboats, Ships, somerset, Trees, Vaults, Waterfront | 7 Comments

070204.30.Somset.Newton St. Loe.River Avon
-Lady’s (above) and Men’s (below) crew teams (I want to give even representation to both sexes.)-
OK, so people apparently like not having any buildings posted for a change. I figure since most of the audience for this blog are folks not completely consumed by historical buildings but are from around here who have since moved away or people who once vacationed here and in both cases want to see some of the good “home-time” scenes. Hopefully these qualify. I aim to please the people. I must mention to please take note of the New Bridge, which defines the connection between the fields of Newton St. Low and Newbridge section of Bath. 070204.09.Somset.Bath.LowerWeston.New Bridge070204.15.Somset.Bath.LowerWeston.New Bridge
070204.28.Somset.Newton St. Loe.River Avon
070204.37.Somset.Corston looking toward Kelston
The abovbe photo is from neighbouring Corston, Somerset — just farther along the River Avon on its way to Bristol. Below is the sheep pasture of Newton-St. Low, which has a village center that I have yet to get to.
070204.20.Somset.Newton St. Loe.River Avon

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070228.Bathwick, Train/Bat Boy-spotting

February 28, 2007 at 12:13 AM | Posted in Architecture, Bath, Bathwick, Bridges, cumulus clouds, Gardens & Parks, people, somerset, Trees | 6 Comments

…Or as dad would point out, is it Moby?
Taking a break from the info to inform everyone that spring is in the air. We had a rare sunny day on Monday so I went out to Sydney Pleasure Gardens (c. 1795 – the last surviving 18th C pleasure garden in the world) and walked along the Kennet and Avon Canal. The trees are flowering and the flowers are now in bloom — even in my own garden. (I know, I have a garden?!) But it’s true, I now have a circle of daffodils, which have been struggling to survive the on/off sleet and snow, coming up outside my window since early January cand now actually blooming. In front of the house there are other flowering bushes and trees. Designed by Harcourt Masters at the end of the 18th century, Sydney Gardens is interesting because it not only has the Kennet and Avon Canal running through it but also I.K. Brunnel’s Great Western Railway running parallel through the garden. The place has fine stonework around the railroad (probably a condition for going through a pleasure garden) and apparently also fine flowering trees. I’ll show some more later.

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