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Avoncliff - Canal Aqueduct.jpg
Canal Aqueduct
Avoncliff is located in Wiltshire
Location within Wiltshire
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBA15
Dialling code01225
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
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51°20′18″N 2°16′56″W / 51.3383°N 2.2822°W / 51.3383; -2.2822Coordinates: 51°20′18″N 2°16′56″W / 51.3383°N 2.2822°W / 51.3383; -2.2822

Avoncliff is a village in west Wiltshire, England, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) southwest of Bradford-on-Avon.

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.[1] The central span sagged soon after it was built and has been repaired many times.[2]

There is 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.[citation needed] This is a popular starting point for walks along both the canal and the river, and also to Barton Farm Country Park at Bradford-on-Avon. Avoncliff is covered by two Parish Councils; Winsley[3] on the north side of the river and Westwood[4] on the south side.

The Cross Guns

The Cross Guns Inn was built in the late 17th century and is a Grade II listed building.[5]

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Avoncliff has a tiny railway station, boasting just a one-carriage-length platform in each direction, which used to be called Avoncliff 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 Great Western Railway, and generally continue on to Westbury and Weymouth in a southerly direction, or Bristol Temple Meads and Gloucester in a northerly direction.[6]


  1. ^ "Avoncliff Aqueduct". Avoncliff. Archived from the original on 10 February 2007. Retrieved 10 September 2006.
  2. ^ Allsop, Niall (1987). The Kennet & Avon Canal. Bath: Millstream Book. ISBN 0-948975-15-6.
  3. ^ Winsley Parish Council
  4. ^ Westwood Parish Council
  5. ^ "The Cross Guns Inn". historicengland.org.uk. English Heritage. Retrieved 18 July 2010.
  6. ^ 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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