This Historic Wharf at Burbage sits on the Kennet & Avon Canal, alongside the Great Western Railway Line.

Burbage Wharf Satellite Photo courtesy of Google

Until recently it had been uninhabited for many years but since being bought in 2015 it now has three families living on the estate. New life has been breathed into the Wharf with redevelopment and renovation. The Georgian Manor House has been restored to its former glory and sits at the top of the site. There were three small canal cottages, two of which have been transformed into Wharf Cottage, and the third which is situated closest to the canal has been restyled into The Loft as a beautiful canal-side holiday apartment for couples to come to relax and enjoy this wonderful area of Wiltshire.

The Kennet & Avon canal runs from Bath to Newbury through Wiltshire and was opened across the parish in 1809 and completely in 1810.  At Burbage wharf coal, timber, bricks, and other goods carried on the Kennet & Avon canal were loaded or unloaded. A revolving wooden crane built at the wharf in 1831 was restored in the period 1972-8, and is the only historic wooden crane that exists  in working condition along the Kennet & Avon. It is still looked after by the canal trust volunteers.

Historic crane next to Canal Cottage

A firm of coal and timber merchants was based at Burbage Wharf in the mid 19th century to the early 1970s. They were known as Wharfingers, looking after the wharf and selling coal, corn, animal foodstuffs and fertilisers to the boaters and the local famers. The third development at Burbage Wharf is named Wharfingers Barn, keeping the connection with the people that once worked and lived there.

 

 

 

 

 

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