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Newspaper Archives 2009
Canal can still run through our town

img12_canal_can_still_100Council leader Rod Bluh comfirms that work is still underway to secure funding for the £75m scheme to run a waterway through Swindon. Swindon chairman Keith Dowding reported that people going into the Trust's shop in Theatre Square were quite positive. People seem to think that this canal would be a dead-end cul-de-sac, whereas it would link up with the Kennett & Avon at Semington, with The Thames at Abingdon  and with the Thames & Severn Canal at Cricklade.

Swindon Advertiser  August 28 2009

My pal's gone!

img10_my-pal_gone_100A letter of appreciation for Ken White's mural of the Golden Lion Bridge

Swindon Advertiser August 20 2009

Wilts & Berks Canal Volunteers


Report of the AGM of the Melkesham branch.

Due to the support of local landowners work will soon start on several new pieces of land.

Highlights of the year were boat rides and the annual sponsored walk.

Gazette & Herald August 13 2009

Wilts & Berks bridge opened

wilts_berks_bridge_openhrh_wworld_aug09_100Waterways World reports that on 26 May 2009 Duchess of Cornwall opens the Double Bridge at Lacock

Waterways World  August 2009

Camilla booted up

Local report on the opening of the Double Bridge by The Duchess of Cornwall


Full News report and pictures

Gazette & Herald May 28 2009


Canal Bid still afloat



Easter boat trips along a restored stretch of canal in Calne to raise money for the Trust

Gazette & Herald April 16 2009

Drove Road Bridge is no longer standing

drove_rd_bridge_no_longer_standing_11_mar09_100Letter comment made on position of former Drove Road Bridge over the canal

Swindon Advertiser 11 March 2009


Amazing find - historic bridge uncovered

amazing_what_find_historic_bridge_uncovered_5_mar09_1002During restoration work near Lacock on the Wilts & Berks Canal the remains of an old lift bridge have been discovered.

Western Daily Press  5 March 2009

Confirmation order - Highways Act

sbc_highways_act_26_feb09_100Swindon Borough Council has confirmed orders to extinquish a public bridleway running from the towpath at Westleaze, Wroughton and for diversion of a footpath in Swindon to link with the canal towpath

Swindon Advertiser 26 Feb 2009

Full speed ahead as £50m canal gets vote of confidence

full_steam1_ahead_as_50m_canal_100Moves to bring the canal back into the heart of Swindon have been boosted by approval by a government inspector, although such moves are opposed by Labour Councillors. The inspector stated that the evidence indicates that the route is technically feasible, full_steam2_western_daily_press_16_feb09_100forming a focal point for the town and stimulating regeneration.

The article reports the disappointment of the Cricklade planners with the revision of their ambitious project to take a canal into the town centre. Enthusiastic volunteers in the Chippenham & Melksham area did 4000 hours of work in 2007. Parts of the canal at Lacock have been fully restored.

Western Daily Press 16 Feb 2009

Cheque to help canal restoration

img11_cheque_help_canal_100£900 was raised by WBCT's annual sponsored walk held in April. The walk followed the line of the old waterway from Chippenham to Lacock.  Hopes are  that the money will help to continue the campaign to bring the canal back to life.

Gazette &  Herald   August 27 2009

Echoes of the Past live on in street

img9_echoes_of_past_100Ken White's recently restored Golden Lion Bridge mural is a focal point in Swindon town centre, just as the bridge itself once was.


Read  More in Stories & Memories

Swindon Advertiser August 20th 2009

IWA Waterways Autumn 2009 Issue

iwa_autum2009_1_150A four page article from the Autumn issue of Waterways

"Against all the odds Restoring the Wilts & Berks Canal"

The IWA takes a detail look at the prospects for a waterway that runs through superb countryside and ancient market towns.

The full magazine can be found on the IWA website: IWA Waterways Magazine

More information about the IWA can be found at: www.waterways.org.uk


Bridge over Canal almost complete

An historic bridge near Station Road Shrivenham is nearing completion after 8 years of hard graft. A great achievement for the West Vale Branch

The new bridge has been designed for pedestrians and horseriders. The  slope of the bridge has been designed to ensure disabled people will be able to use it

Swindon Evening Advertiser June 16 2009

Wilts & Berks discovery

wilts_berks_discovery_wworld_may09_100Waterways World reports the discovery of the remains of an old lift bridge on the Wilts & Berks Canal between Melksham & Chippenham

Waterways World May 2009

Volunteer camps to save Bridge

volunteer_camps_save_bridge_12_mar09_100Swindon Advertiser reported that WRG volunteers would be at work in April restoring Steppingsstones Bridge near Shrivenham. In July/August work would be carried out on Pewsham Lock near Chippenham and Seven Locks at Wootton Bassett.

Swindon Advertiser 12 March 2009

Remaining canal bridge is on Shrivenham Road

remaining_canal_bridge_shrivenham_rd_6_mar09_100Further comment on remaining bridge over former canal situated on Shrivenham Road, Swindon

Swindon Advertiser 6 March 2009

Lost bridge is rediscovered

lost_bridge_rediscovered_3_mar09_100The remains of a lost lift bridge have been discovered by Wilts & Berks Trust volunteers between Melkesham & Chippenham

Swindon Advertiser 9 March 2009

Canal manager enjoyed the elegancies of life

An article describes Canal Superintendent William Dunsford's home at Fairholm House near the old Drove Road Canal Bridge at Swindon. The Dunsford family were recorded as living in the Canal House in 1841. The house and job passed to Dunsford's son when he died in 1845.  By 1891 the house had passed to a private occupier. The canal itself was never particularly successful, but was at it's busiest in 1830's when it conveyed vast quanitities of material for the building of the Great Western Railway.

Swindon Advertiser 19 Feb 2009

New look for Canal Walk

new_look_canal_walk_100Visitors saw the regeneration proposal for Canal walk held at Brunel centre. The new look for Swindon town centre will reflect its canal past

Swindon Advertiser 14 Feb 2009

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