Before the railway, canals were king – and the best way to transport goods quickly and cheaply across the country.
Opened in 1810, the Kennet and Avon Canal was the industrial highway of its day.
To maintain the water level between Crofton and Devizes, Crofton Pumping Station was built in 1812.
The Kennet and Avon also boasts a set of 29 locks rising 72 meters over 3 km, the ingenious solution of engineer John Rennie to getting barges over a very steep hill.
Images: Copyright Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - P12947, P43580, P50424, P56850 – A. Pingstone