Lechlade is the end of our Thames journey, well as far as we are able to go on Tacet. A smaller boat could venture further up to Cricklade. We arrived late morning, just as the first of the rain showers started, as the forecasters had predicted.
After tying up, (on the one free 24hr EA mooring!) we walked up to the round house at Inglesham.
The round house was a lock-keepers house for the Thames and Severn canal which joined the Thames at this point. (The weeping willow hides the entrance to the right of the house) The Thames and Severn was the link through the Cotswolds from Saul junction on the Gloucester and Sharpness, to the Thames and so London. A very active restoration society have re-opened parts of the waterway, not sure if it will be finished in our lifetimes though.
The market square with St Lawrence’s Church and some fine old buildings surrounding it.
Around the village I spotted these Gazebos, built into the garden walls of some of the old and expensive properties. They were status symbols of the 18th century, and apparently there are 5 remaining in Lechlade, I only found 3.
This old doorway along the main road is a grand entrance to a small cottage, reputed to be the oldest in the village.
Just realised I forgot to get a picture of the bridge from the river. Doh! The river crossing here is known as Half-penny bridge. It was built in 1793 for the Burford and Highworth turnpike. The toll charged for a pedestrian was a halfpenny.
Radcot – Lechlade
5.5 miles, 3 locks