The SCC at Monkton Combe

 

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From the A36 to Monkton Combe School, the course of the canal has been cut-into by the Limpley Stoke to Camerton Railway, but traces of it can still be see, mainly on the North side of the track. The canal ditch is visible behind the school tennis courts and part of it is used as a bog garden.

A public footpath crosses the track by Monkton Combe School. Originally this was carried over the canal by a temporary wooden swivel bridge footbridge,. Later, when Paulton Foundry became operational, the wooden bridge was replaced by a cast-iron footbridge.


The Plaque from the Footbridge

When the Camerton to Limpley Stoke railway was built along the line of the canal, the cast-iron brige was kept on its original site but raised on brick pillars to give additional clearance.

The remains of one of the stone bridges typical of the SCC is still to be found at Tucking Mill ; but it is on private property and must not be visited without the permission of the owner.

The house where William Smith lived
William Smith lived in the left house of this pair.

Opposite the bridge at Tucking Mill is the house where William Smith "The Father of English Geology" lived.

TThe cottage where William Smith did not live

A little further down the lane, next to the site of Tucking Mill wharf, is an extremely pretty cottage where William Smith did NOT live, despite the plaque which erroneously claims that he did.

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