Last week’s Mystery Photograph was taken at Monkton Combe Somerset Coal Canal. Well done to those who got it right, and thank you to Radstock Museum for once again providing a photograph for our long-running feature.

Monkton Combe, Somerset Coal Canal
Can you guess where this photograph was taken? (Photo: Radstock Museum) (Radstock Museum)

The Somerset Coal Canal was built around 1800 from basins at Paulton and Timsbury via Camerton, an aqueduct at Dunkerton, Combe Hay, Midford and Monkton Combe to Limpley Stoke where it joined the Kennet and Avon Canal.

The canal provided access to and from the Somerset coalfield, allowing the coal mines to connect to London. The longest arm was 18 miles long with 23 locks. There was also an arm which ran from Midford to Writhlington to Radstock, with a tunnel at Wellow.

Thank you to Mr Norman Beyer, who guessed correctly, for providing further insight: “That is Monkton Combe canal bridge. It featured in the film ‘The Titfield Thunderbolt’. Monkton Combe station was just past the cottage in the photo, the posts at the entry are still there but now a garage has been built on the site.”

Well done to Paul Hancock, who said: “I'm thinking that's Mill Lane Bridge in Monkton Combe, taken around 1905.”

Congratulations to Jeff Parsons, who also guessed Monkton Combe and said: “I think that this week the mystery picture is at Mill Lane Bridge, Monkton Combe on the Somerset Coal Canal. This is possibly the site of the subsequent Monkton Combe railway station on the Camerton and Limpley Stoke Railway which used much of the canal bed for its track.”

Do you know where we are in our latest Mystery Photograph? Perhaps you recognise the transport pictured? If so, get in touch!

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