Coates Roundhouse

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette – this is the internal view of the Coates Roundhouse on the Thames & Severn canal. The picture was taken in the autumn of 1977 and, as far as I can establish, it remains the only one of the Thames & Severn roundhouses which has not been renovated. The image was taken with a Mamiyaflex C330F, lying on my back looking up to the sky.  It is just possible to see from the remaining beams that, in common with the Marston Meysey and Inglesham roundhouses, it had an inverted roof which was used to collect rain water.  Sadly these remaining beams have also collapsed.

Coates Roundhouse near Sapperton


  1. Cate Franklyn · August 20, 2014

    This is terrific. Until I read this post I had no idea what a Coates roundhouse was.

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  3. joshi daniel · August 20, 2014

    liked that perspective 🙂

    • northumbrianlight · August 20, 2014

      A long time ago but I still remember how uncomfortable it was to achieve with a twin lens reflex 🙂

  4. restlessjo · August 23, 2014

    Interesting, Robin. I haven’t seen one of these.

    • northumbrianlight · August 24, 2014

      There are only five and they are peculiar to the Thames and Severn canal. A bit like living in a lighthouse – tricky to buy the right furniture and carpets 🙂

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