War Graves Week
Lending Back

Water Mistake

Thornborough Medieval bridgeThornborough bridge from the downstream side. The bridge is not quite eleven feet wide and there are plenty of scrape marks on the parapets, from the days the bridge was on the main road. The bridge was bypassed in 1974.
This is where the Roman ford isn’t. The ford is quite a few yards downstream, on the right and way out of shot.

I confidently took the photo above, thinking this was the site of the Roman ford, right next to Thornborough’s 14th Century Medieval bridge.

The shallow slope on each bank looked like a ford, the brook is shallow and wide, I was on the correct side of the bridge; what could possibly go wrong? I made assumptions and didn’t check first, that’s what; the ford is actually a bit further downstream.

With no photo of the ford all I had was the photos for half a post, and no time to go back for a reshoot. What to do?

Well, there are always shots I like which don’t make it into the blog. The post is already too long, the photo isn’t quite relevant, it’s too similar to another shot.

Or in this case, because I made a mistake; I meant the post to be about the Romano-British settlement here; the tumuli, the Roman roads that led off in five directions, the important ford.

So instead  I’m going to show you a few of those other photos; images you might have otherwise never seen.

Thornborough sheepThis is the start of a public footpath that leads across the field and past the Roman tumuli.

Roman tumuli at ThornboroughLooking back towards the brook from the top of a tumulus. The main road is top left, the 14th Century bridge out of shot and out of frame, far left of centre.

Tumuli and sheep  ThornboroughSheep, harmlessly passing their time in the grassland away.

(The caption above is a reference to lyrics in this album)

Stoke Hammond canal pumphouseThe pump house at Stoke Hammond, built to move water back up the canal to the summit at Tring. There was a pumphouse at every lock or set of locks.

Fenny Stratford canal pumphouseThis window in the pump house at Fenny Lock is in poor condition. The lock is still worth visiting, though.

This post's photos were taken with a Pentax camera and lenses.

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