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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Nash and Apsley, then and now

On the left is the loading dock that was built over in the 1960`s. The dock did go further into the site as can be seen on the Google picture (right) taken during demolition. Above, the loading dock entrance is marked by the concrete piles. There has been a watermill here on the River Gade since the 11th century, now it will just be housing. Sad that so much history is being wiped out. Just one building will remain converted into flats and that is Nash House former home of John Dickinson used in later times as offices.
A lot of reading containing diagrams and illustrations about Nash Mills can be found HERE.
Another interesting page showing the developers culverting and diverting the dock and opening up the below ground water channels is HERE. Money well spent as the new `waterside` housing will command premium prices. They will have canal side housing and by exposing the river they have even more money making sites. Architect has earnt his money on this site.

These boats, held up by lock gate repairs, are waiting to enter lock 67 to the right. Nowadays Apsley marina is just out of sight around the bend along the towpath.
The same view today and the only surviving building is on the right and a footbridge has been added probably to give access to the train station for the vast housing alongside and around the marina.

The same scene pictured looking towards the lock. Perhaps this way of breasting up the three boats is to prevent any queue jumpers when the lock re-opens.

Today and that one building is all that remains.


Unknown said...

I have this water lot which I can sell you for a really good price in Florida!

Looking at the Apsley and Nash Miils
plans all I can think of is a water lot in Florida!

Les Biggs said...

Hi Bryce
is this something like when the Americans thought they had bought Tower Bridge.
Is this wonderful Florida site going cheap? Perhaps every home has it`s own family of `gators could be a selling point.

Anonymous said...

Such a shame...fine old buildings, lovely windows....... Not quite caught up but Zebedee calls....xxA

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs