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51.741566, -2.214603, Capels Viaduct
To Gloucester: Stroud Goods Shed
To Swindon: Butterrow Hill
To the Severn: Dr Newton's Way
To the Thames: Capels Mill Diversion
Capels Viaduct is 253 yards long. It originally carried the railway over a valley, canal, river, millpond and mill with skew arches for the canal, river and mill stream. The canal was filled in during the construction of the A419 Stroud Bypass (Dr. Newton's Way) and that road now passes through the arch originally used by the canal.
The disconnected end of the Thames and Severn Canal with Dr Newtons Way passing overhead. The railway viaduct behind. The concrete bridge in the foreground was built as part of the by-pass scheme to enable the canal to be re-opened in the future.
A general view of the viaduct.
Dr Newtons Way passes under the viaduct. This was the route previously taken by the Thames and Severn Canal.
The viaduct viewed from the other side.
The section of the viaduct closest to the River Frome used to contain a dye works connected to a mill.
Under this section of the viaduct.
The other side of the dye works.
The next three photos show the River Frome section of the viaduct.
Work in progress to restore the Thames and Severn canal to a navigable waterway. This involves taking the canal on a new route and under a different arch of the railway viaduct.
Almost a year later and work has rapidly progressed, although much of what has changed is on the far side of the viaduct. The canal has been restored under Dr Newtons Way bridge though.
Four months since the previous photo and the canal once again passes under the railway viaduct and one of the missing links in the canal has been restored.
Dr Newtons Way (the original route of the canal) crosses the restored waterway.
The 2014 view from atop the road bridge showing the newly built diversionary route of the canal passing underneath.