Friday, 14 September 2012

Hawkesbury Junction

The cast iron towpath bridge at Hawkesbury Junction must be one of the most photographed bridges on the waterways.

But how many people notice the grooves cut by more than a century of towlines in the stone and metal?

On the Coventry Canal side of the bridge is this wonderfully worn iron bollard.

And how many have seen this? I hadn't, until I walked along the line the Oxford Canal used to take when it ran parallel to the Coventry for some distance before joining it to the west of the "modern" junction.

"Sutton Stop" is now the name of the road which leads to the Greyhound pub - the sign is set in a low wall under the pub sign.

1 comment:

VallyP said...

Interesting!!! The signs of its old and former usage tucked away bit still retained are what make exploring canal history so addictive.