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  1. Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    Meanwhile the canal will be out of use. And at what cost to the CRT?
  2. The first UK Boat Lift

    Whilst the concept raising and lowering boats vertically in a caisson was suggested during the early days of the canal era, suggestions and patent applications did not necessarily lead to a full size working example. Early known working boat lifts include examples on the Ellesmere Canal and the Dorset & Somerset Canal, with the Ellesmere Canal patent machine being apparently the first. The location for Fussel's lift on the D & S is well established, but that of the Ellesmere (Rowland & Pickering) remains to be proved with two possible locations suggested near Ruabon. Establishing the location of this boat lift can only be of benefit to the World Heritage Site at Pontcysyllte.
  3. Middlewich Branch breach - Shropshire Union

    The Middlewich Branch breach is on the Telford engineered waterway that linked the T & M Wardle branch with the main Ellesmere & Chester Canal. Telford had problems with the nature Cheshire Marl when building this canal. This marl proved an unsuitable foundation when making embankments. When exposed to air it liquified and ran away. The embankments were built wider in consequence. Substantial engineering were required at the valley crossings and some six years were needed to complete this waterway. Historians have often commented on the engineering issues had on building the Birmingham & Liverpool Junction Canal, yet similar challenges were met on the Middlewich Branch. Though for the Middlewich Telford was alive to witness the opening of that waterway!
  4. Sloping Lock in Birmingham

    Terry Fogarty died on February 10th 2018. He spent many years and much money promoting his concept of the diagonal lock. During his last years Terry had sold his house and was living on a boat at Knowle. The diagonal lock concept must rank amongst the innovative canal schemes of British Canal engineering. Although no such lock has been built, there remains the potential in the future to use such ideas in new canal ventures. It is perhaps sad that he spent so much effort to bring his concept to fruition and during his lifetime failed to achieve even a full scale prototype.
  5. Location - May 1970

    This was the South Midlands area of the National Coal Board, then. Rawdon was near Moira, and there were, as said others including Ellistown. To load at Gopsall however required a road carriage element. Sections of the Ashby Canal had been closed in 1944 and 1957 leaving carriage by road from the main operating collieries to a canal wharf an option.
  6. Iron Narrowboats

    Pluto has listed early narrow boats on the Calder and Hebble. The Buckingham boats are of interest the craft owned by Southam as their journey would have been through Manchester and the Ashton. Length would also have been a factor getting through the Huddersfield Broad Certain carriers did advertise a service to Huddersfield, but the journey to the C & H must have been a more specific cargo
  7. Location - May 1970

    It is Gopsall Wharf, I believe I attach copy of 1924 ordnance survey. On a related topic, where did the coal come from?
  8. BCN Toll Islands

    The Island Toll Houses are a feature of the BCN New Main Line, but the various toll house design varied with time. Most toll houses were on the bank, but the space restrictions on the main line led to the this innovation of placing them on the canal rather than the bank.
  9. Middle levels, New Parliamentary Bill

    With the implementation of a licence, it will be a start of a process that will entail an issue system, fees and regulations. The revenue accrued may lead to improved facilities for boaters. If this is the case, will the negatives be offset by the positives, or is the current revenue from drainage enough to make such improvements? Free navigations have been an established right on several British Waterways. These benefits have their good and bad sides, though. The cost of improvement being a major factor. Whether this is a genuine concern for Middle Level remains to be seen. For the Severn, for example, north of Stourport, the nominally free navigation may well benefit from a cash investment to allow craft to travel further north. Do the Middle Level Commissioners intend improvement or is simply a means of raising cash for additional profit ?
  10. Titford Pump House

    Yes, Heard from one source, Titford, but looking at a BCNS Post, it is Blowers Green. The same comments apply, what will happen if a developer moves in and more importantly how much more does CRT intend to dispose of?
  11. Titford Pump House

    A notice at Titford Pump House evidently announces the CRT intention to dispose of the freehold of the pump house. If this freehold passes into the ownership of a developer, concern must be felt for the current moorings there.
  12. Unidentified canal plaques

    When does Snoopy have his rematch with the Red Baron
  13. Unidentified canal plaques

    The only connection, for MMM, is the name Malthouse Stables, whether MMM is Malthouse Motorboat Moorings is a close guess, it all I can think of at the moment. The moorings were set up around that date, I recall.
  14. Paying to use the canal?

    Paying to use canals... British Transport Waterways was keen to have boaters business at a time when freight was in decline. Yet boaters did not have the freedom to cruise wherever they wished. That facility, now enjoyed across the CRT network, was not then available!
  15. Ronald Moore, artist

    The ones I saw were definitely yours, and also recall the one you have posted. As a canal historian I look at art from time to time. There are many occasions where colour is of use to a historian, when there is an apparent reasonable accuracy in the painting or watercolour. What you do is create a fine atmosphere of a period now gone and people appreciate the balance that is created. It is nice to see how it is done. A because it is art and not a photographic representation, that makes the process worthwhile. As to accuracy there are times when it does help research. Albert Dunnington produced a fine painting of Barton Lock and Aqueduct in 1893 before they were swept away. There is certain amount of artistic interpretation, such as the vessel under sail when it should have been horse drawn and the boat in the lock might deserve a critical eye. Yet the general view of aqueduct, lock cottage and lock appears close to what existed as the the dress and clothing of the people present also appears to be.