Maud Heath’s Causeway

Maud Heath is known to us because of a bequest she made in 1474. She lived at Tyhtherton Kellaways about three miles from Chippenham and took produce to sell at Chippenham Market each week.. The River Avon valley was prone to flooding (which, according to Maud accounted for the very fertile lands) and this made the journey difficult in winter months. Maud left money to construct a causeway, raised above the level of the floods.

It still stands and, I believe, is still maintained out of Maud’s legacy.

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Regular readers will know I rather like bridges, whether simple arch structures like this one or the soaring, audacious Milau Viaduct.

Maud is commemorated on a memorial which overlooks her raised way.

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Another stone commemorates her near the start of her route.

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What a wonderful gift from the 15th century – still in use today.

 

 

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