Monday, 2 June 2014

Travels Around England - Wiltshire

Spent a couple of days in Wiltshire last week, mainly visiting Caen Hill Locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal, and the village of Lacock. Here is a selection of the photos from there.

This flight of 16 locks at Caen Hill may be the most impressive anywhere on the UK's waterways.
Caen Hill Locks
Descending Caen Hill Locks

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The 16 locks of Caen Hill are the middle of the 29 locks that make up the Devizes flight and were completed in 1810. The boatmen came to know the locks as ‘the steps’ and were vital in the completion of the link between the ports of London on the Thames in the east and Bristol on the Avon in the west. 

The locks and ponds were the last stretch of the Kennet & Avon Canal and are all packed into just over two miles. They are designated as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Side Ponds On Caen Hill Locks
Side Ponds On Caen Hill Locks
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In order to construct such a steep flight of locks and maintain the flow of water through the locks to enable their continuous use the engineer John Rennie constructed huge side pounds at each lock holding vast volumes of water, the biggest of any canal of the day.
Mute Swan with Cygnets
Mute Swan with Cygnets
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Caen Hill hosts for a rich variety of wildlife including swans, dragonflies and damselflies, mallards and moorhens and the locks are also a regular haunt for bats in the early evening and water voles can also be seen.

Set in rural Wiltshire, Lacock village is famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and more recently as a TV and film location. Cottages and inns dating back to the 15th century form a breathtaking backdrop, much admired by film makers, and has been used for such films and TV series as Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter and Cranford.
Tithe Barn and White House Lacock
Tithe Barn and White House
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The Tithe Barn and the White House in the centre of Lacock. The village is owned almost in its entirety by the National Trust, and attracts many visitors by virtue of its unspoiled appearance. 
Tithe Barn Interior
Tithe Barn Interior
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The Tithe Barn, in the heart of the historic village is a limestone barn with a raised-cruck roof and a very long wagon porch. 
St Cyriac's Church
St Cyriac's Church
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The original church was Norman and while the dedication to St Cyriac is unusual in this country it is not in Normandy. A major rebuilding took place in the late 15th century by which time Lacock was a thriving township involved in the wool trade. 

Although the main part of the church as we see it today was built about 1450, the Lady Chapel predates it by about 30 years. The spire was added in the 1700s. 
Stained Glass Window
Stained Glass Window
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Further restoration took place in 1861 when the transept arches were raised to their present height and old box pews replaced by the present pews.

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