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Could somebody please tell me the history of the Ruishton bridge? 2011-02-15 10:04:44
Just along the riverside away from Ruishton past  the disused railway line is another set of bridges. The arches of which are nearly filled with earth so they are level with the field.  Could somebody please tell me the history of this bridge and why it was there in the first place?
Many Thanks,
David Taylor, Ruishton
Reply Audrey Callen, Vince's Mum 2011-02-16 13:56:09
The arches were not originally blocked up and I suggest were to allow the flood water to level/spread out accross the fields - flooding occurred much more frequently in years gone by before the River Tone was widened and deepened in the middle 1960s.
I remember the stone walls at the end of the tunnels being built at the beginning of WW2 to stop the enemy crossing the canal line.
The canal formed part ot the Taunton Stop Line, a fortified line developed to oppose any German invasion from the south. (There is a Wikipedia article on this). This involved building block huts/pillboxes and concrete anti-tank obstacles alongside both the railway and canal towards Thornfalcon.
I remember one particular pillbox, alongside the railway line towards Thornfalcon, being built in the summer of 1940 and as children we helped wire together the horizontal and vertical supports for the reinforced concrete walls.
Reply Nigel Finch 2011-02-16 11:14:36
The Chard canal, 1842 to 1866, is a fascinating part of the history of Creech.

As Vince has correctly said, the bridges are the old aquaduct that supported the Chard canal. A few locals in Creech refer to it affectionately as “ackidoc”. I am in the process of writing an article for the website about the Chard canal (but taking me ages to complete).

I’ve heard rumours there are plans to make a footpath along the top of the aquaduct but that’s been a rumour for many years. Nowadays there are just the remains of a former bmx track with a few jumps. The ‘bridges’ are quite interesting. Each bridge is in effect a tunnel about 20 yards long linking one field to the other. The southerly end of each tunnel has a stone wall about 3 feet high and 2 feet thick. See photo here.

I’ve asked around what purpose the stone walls serve but not yet got a good answer. You don’t need a wall 2 feet thick to stop animals, so a flood defence mechanism would seem most likely. However, if the river Tone floods it will affect both fields anyway.

Does anyone know why the ‘tunnels’ have such a thick wall at the end?

Nigel Finch, Langaller
Reply Vince Callen, Ruishton 2011-02-15 23:19:26
I think you're describing the remains of the old Chard canal. This branched from the Taunton-Bridgwater canal, then crossed over the railway line, river and fields in an aqueduct (your set of bridges). It continued to Chard via Thornfalcon, Wrantage and Ilminster. Googling "Chard canal" will produce lots of results, including a Wikipedia article and websites with photos of the canal remains along its route.
HTH
Vince Callen
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Information on a family ancestor called Walter Blaney 1901? 2011-02-15 09:59:52
I'm looking for information on a family ancestor called Walter Blaney who worked at Creech paper mill in 1901. I thought I saw somewhere that there were records available of the people who worked at the mill. Could you tell me please if it's possible to see these records?
Many thanks
Sarah Callen, Ruishton
Reply Eric Chown 2011-04-08 13:19:56
Sarah,

You may know this already but Walter and his wife Lily are on the 1901 census, living in Ruishton employed as a labourer in 'paper mill'. The death of a Walter Blaney aged about 55 is recorded in 1929.
If you have access to the 1911 census (probably free in the town library) you could get more information about later family etc. Taunton Family History Group run sessions on a Friday 2 til 5pm in the library. You may have to book as they are very popular.

Eric - Web Publicity
Reply Eric Chown 2011-04-07 13:44:21
Hi again Sarah,

I have obtained a list of employees which covers the dates you ask about but there is no mention of Walter Blaney (or anyone called Blaney). I cannot assume the list is complete however. Somerset Records Office do have a "Day Book" for the mill it might be worth a visit. The website ishttp://www1.somerset.gov.uk/archives/ If you click on search and type in 'creech paper mill' this should guide you to the document reference number only.

I hope this helps, do come back if you have further questions

Eric Creech Web Publicity
Reply Eric Chown 2011-04-06 11:24:21
Hi Sarah,
This website has a brief history of the paper mill here in Creech. The late Gwyneth Leigthon did write a short history of the mill. She must have had access to staffing details because she knew that my father was an employee at one time.
I do not know if the book was published or if her work was deposited in the Somerset Records Office.
I will make some enquiries and give you an update later

Eric Chown - Creech Web Publicity
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We can possibly get a faster broadband service for the Henlade Exchange 2011-02-10 11:04:31
Is everyone aware that if we all sign up for BT Infinity we can possibly get a faster broadband service for the Henlade Exchange quicker than waiting around. 'Google' BT infinity for more information.
Eric, Creech St Michael
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Doctors surgery news? 2011-02-07 15:13:54
Whats the latest on the new doctors surgery?
Peter, West View
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Reply Jill Loader 2011-02-08 11:04:23
The latest information regarding the new medical centre is the Doctors are planning to purchase the new centre, rather than having a lease. They are currently negotiating with finance companies.

The Doctors are hoping to have the surgery open by February 2012.

The Pharmacy appeal by John Ware Ltd has been dismissed. The pharmacy licence will remain at the medical centre.

Trust this answers your question.
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