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Semington, Wiltshire - Canal and Village

Where the Holt to Devizes Railway crossed the Semington Road
Where the Holt to Devizes Railway crossed the Semington Road

Site of Semington Halt
Site of Semington Halt

Semington Farm
Semington Farm

Old Wilts and Berks canal just north of Semington
Old Wilts and Berks canal just north of Semington

[imgl=semcj1]Semington Canal Junction[/img]Semington is a village just 3 miles south of Melksham, where the Wilts and Berks Canal used to leave the Kennet and Avon Canal for Swindon, Wantage and Abingdon.

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[imgr=semj2]Old rails at Semington[/img]Until the spring of 2005, Semington was a notorious bottleneck on the A350 trunk road, as all the passing through squeezed through the village and over the hump backed bridge. But these days, the bypass which the canal crosses on an Aquaduct takes the heavy traffic.

[imgl=seml1]Canal Lock at Semington[/img]At the nearby village of Seend, a plateway wan from the canal and railway to ironstone workings on the hillside. I suspect that this railing at Semington is made up of ancient rails from that venue.

The Kennet and Avon Canal climbs through two locks at Semington on its way to towards London. Forbidding hills ahead hint at the heavy climb that's to come at Caen Hill, Devizes in just a few miles.

[imgr=semj3]Below Semington Bottom Lock[/img] A hire boat from Trowbridge approaches Semington locks.

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