The Grand Western Canal, Halberton, Devon (OASIS ID: cotswold2-179157)
An interpretative earthwork survey, photographic survey and watching brief were undertaken on a section of the Grand Western Canal, Halberton, Devon in association with restoration work around a breach in the canal embankment.
Detailed plans, elevations and sections as well as a photographic record of the exposed fabric of the canal and associated infrastructure were completed. Boundary markers on the northern side of the canal which marked the limit of GWRs property in the late 19th century were recorded prior to their temporary removal. A milestone marker was also recorded along the embankment, but this was not subject to disturbance.
The Swing Bridge was recorded and identified as an original structure with a range of repairs and slight alterations. An engineering note from the late 19th century records the structure as it appears today, suggesting limited subsequent alterations.
Prior to the restoration works, the embankment of the canal was observed to be a simple construction consistent with documentary evidence of its construction. The restoration works within the canal route partially exposed in situ remains of a stop gate potentially dating to the use of the canal in the late 19th century.
No further features or deposits of archaeological interest were observed during the groundworks and, despite visual scanning of spoil, no artefactual material pre-dating the modern period was recovered.