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.

070302.Farleigh Wick, Dog Jogging

March 2, 2007 at 12:02 AM | Posted in Canals, countryside, Farleigh Wick, Light and Shadow, Reflection, Riverboats, somerset | 7 Comments

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A lot of people jog along the Kennet and Avon Canal, sometimes even with their dogs. This is, by the way, where all the dogs are in the Bath area. The city is full of cats and its only in the surrounding scenic countryside are the dogs visible.


I also feel like running, or something, but I’m stuck in class all day and by the time I get out I won’t want to anymore.

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
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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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070213.ClavertonDown, Remains of the Day Before Saturday

February 13, 2007 at 12:04 AM | Posted in Architecture, Claverton Down, countryside, Foggy & Misty, Gardens & Parks, Overcast, somerset, University of Bath | 8 Comments

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070206.Newton-St. Loe, “…and every time I said a Hail Mary I caught a fish.”

February 6, 2007 at 12:07 AM | Posted in Actors in Period Costumes, Architecture, Bath, Bridges, countryside, Fishing, Gardens & Parks, Light and Shadow, Newbridge, Newton St. Loe, Reflection, river, River Avon, somerset | 6 Comments

070204.77.Somset.Newton St.Loe.New Brige. Cammo Fisherwoman
There are countless fishing techniques to catch “the big one.”

How are your worms doing?
Condition them for the best result. This will make a mixture for 500 worms:

1. 1/2 cup cornmeal
2. 1 minced garlic clove
3. 5 crushed eggshells
4. 3/4 lb worm bedding or shredded paper
5. 1/2 cup coffee grounds

Some people like to limit noise and vibrations they make while on or near the water.

Others believe that noise or worms aren’t important but lure fish to their area with large quantities of beer spilled in the water.

Still others turn to prayer. Freddo’s technique of a Hail Mary before dropping the line in the water always brought something unexpected.

But this Newton-St Loenite knows the real trick to catching fish: camouflage. Fish won’t be able to see her for miles, they haven’t a chance.

The bridge in back spanning the River Avon is New Bridge, which to me resembles a dolphin’s face. Constructed originally in 1734, it was widened in the 1820s. On the western side is Newton-St. Loe but the river marks the western edge of the City of Bath’s Newbridge/Lower Weston neighborhood with New Bridge Road.

070128.Bath, 1:3 Tree to Huggers (ie: Waste of Fresh Air)

January 28, 2007 at 12:18 AM | Posted in Bath, Chisel Marks, countryside, Gardens & Parks, Jane Austen, Monuments and Memorials, Overcast, people, somerset, Trees | 8 Comments


So this was the most boring thing I ever had time to watch, back when I had time to watch things. Excited about this post? So am I.
This was from a while back, back when I was taking pictures of the Jane Austen film shoot at the Royal Crescent. I was waiting for one of their 45 minute breaks to end when I started listening to these three guys. They had been trying to decide where to put a new memorial plaque for this tree. Apparently, there was an old one on the stone but it was no more. Instead of putting a new one back on the stone, they wanted it hover above the ground. However, they weren’t going to remove the old stone “because the stone’s foundation was deep” and they’d need a shovel, or something. They didn’t want to test how deep but they had apparently called up a retired predecessor, interviewed him about this particular plaque, and decided that it was too much trouble to remove the stone.
I wasn’t paying too much attention then, and I’m not paying too much attention to what I’m typing now but the debate went as follows:
*If they placed the new and improved plaque in front of the stone, it’d be too far away from the tree
*If they placed the plaque in back of the tree, there’d be a relationship established but the rock would block the plaque.
-“Can we keep the stone but move the plaque to the other side of the tree.”
-“No, no. We need the plaque to relate to the Royal Crescent,” or something. I’m forgetting the exact reasons.
They discused the potential of tree roots, the effect of the growing tree trunk, the angle the plaque had to be at for the rainwater to wash off smut. In the course of these technicalities, Shakespeare was quoted, both Latin and Greek were spoken and the modern affect of classical education was explored. I listened to this for about an hour. I had nothing else to do. Then it started to rain and I left. But not them, they kept discussing the future of this memorial.
I should go back and see what they ended up doing with it.
My heart’s just not into this post. I could never take care of memorials for trees.

061223.Westonbirt, A Tree with Trimmings

December 23, 2006 at 6:07 AM | Posted in Christmas, countryside, Gardens & Parks, Olive Trees, Trees, Westonbirt | 7 Comments


Holiday Fact: When kept alive and away from your house, Christmas trees are both environmentally friendly and pose less of a fire hazard to your house and loved ones. Ho, ho, ho!

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