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Jim Riley

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    Calderbrook, Littleborough, Lancs
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    Boating, caravanning, walking, cycling, gardening, got 2 hens, I'm also Founder and Chair of the trustees of Skylight Circus Arts, a reg'd charity using circus in education and youth work.

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    Circus Skills Teacher/ performer, Circus Jim
  • Boat Name
    Bittern's Boom, 32ft narrow boat reg'd 1968
  • Boat Location
    Warland, Rochdale Canal Summit

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  1. I came across a large keyed bolt lock in Spain, they are v common and ideal on double doors, I brought a pair over for my double doors front and back. I've since seen them here as gate locks, just fitted one on a pair of garden gates. The difference is that the gate locks are keyed both sides, the Spanish ones had a push button internally. I suppose you'd just leave a key in if you were in. While buying the current gate lock I found they are called cays locks.
  2. Jim Riley


    Looks like you had an accident on your couch. Was that white leather once?
  3. Several years ago, heading for Keadby lock on the S&K, we were delayed by a broken swing bridge. The engineer arrived after a little while, fixed it and told us to set off and go for it, he went ahead round the lanes in his van and had every other bridge on the way open for us. We made it with 10 mins to spare!
  4. Ha! You're hooked. But shush! Don't want it to become Kennet and Roch up here. T'wolves feed Boilermen to their whelps, alive and wriggling. You're OK, you have a wolf of your own.
  5. Sold. https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2019/07/lincoln-canal-sells-at-auction-for-255k/
  6. It's obvious from the stonework that many have been rebuilt. Many also have the potential to fit another pair of bottom gates, to save water, though this was never done. I can't see the locks all being built the same, there's a variation in rise.
  7. Curious what relevance the lock depths have for you and a TV programme? A lot of the stones in the older locks have stonemasons marks on them.
  8. I moor a mile from home, east end of Rochdale canal Summit. We often go out for short trips to get away, but leave the boat, while complying with the act and my responsibility as a boat with a home mooring. We are on a train line, so can go further afield and still get back home easily. I'd say the L&L is the same for you, eg Tarleton, or up towards Wigan and beyond.
  9. There may be a higher proportion of speeders though...
  10. There might just possibly be another of those on the sluice on the stream weir at the east end, Warland Gate. The feeder runs behind the cottages and lock house from the stream. (Strange names, Summit pound runs North South) There are also ancient kilns in the hills, at Rakewood, where the M62 Viaduct is. There was coal and iron and strong westerlies blowing in the fire hole. Kiln Lane, Milnrow, is a clue. It runs up to the Rakewood area.
  11. Came across this old pic the other day, Summit Brick Works. I have a few Summit Bricks lurking around.
  12. Saw one of the Fellows and Wotsits going through Tod basin on Saturday, Belfast has been there for a few days. They can now escape, Mind the Wolves at Summit lads. Mind you they aren't as bad as the children of Newton Heath!
  13. Jim Riley


    So you were the Long Arm of the law?
  14. What did they have for nibbles? Chickens with heads still on?
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