Avoncliff shown within Wiltshire
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Avoncliff is a village in Wiltshire.
It is the point at which the Kennet and Avon canal crosses the river and railway line via the Avoncliff Aqueduct, which was built by John Rennie and chief engineer John Thomas, between 1797 and 1801. The aqueduct consists of three arches and is 110 yards long with a central elliptical arch of 60 ft (18.3 m) span with two side arches each semicircular and 34 ft (10.4 m) across, all with V-jointed arch stones. The spandrel and wing walls are built in alternate courses of ashlar masonry, and rock-faced blocks. The central span sagged soon after it was built and has been repaired many times.
There is also a picturesque weir on the River Avon where permission for a micro hydro electric scheme was applied for from the Environment Agency in 2009, but this is still awaited in 2013. This is a popular starting point for walks along both the canal and the river, and also to Barton Farm Country Park. Avoncliff is covered by two Parish Councils; Winsley on the north side of the river and Westwood on the south side.
Avoncliff has a tiny railway station, boasting just a one-carriage-length platform in each direction, and used to be called a halt since it was a request stop, requiring people on the platform to wave down the trains. It has become, as of 2011, a regular stop. Services are hourly, run by First Great Western, and generally continue on to Portsmouth, or Bristol Temple Meads and Cardiff.
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- Allsop, Niall (1987). The Kennet & Avon Canal. Bath: Millstream Book. ISBN 0-948975-15-6.
- Winsley Parish Council
- Westwood Parish Council
- "The Cross Guns Inn". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 18 July 2010.
- National Rail Enquiries - Station Facilities for Avoncliff
Avoncliff - the Secret History of an Industrial Hamlet in War and Peace, McCamley, Ex-Libris Press 2004
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