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About Heartland

  • Birthday 06/25/1949

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    Stechford, Birmingham, West Midlands
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  1. I assume, the canal as proposed predated the Holylake Railway
  2. Any ideas on the location of the tug?
  3. "Restoration for the sake of it" is an important observation as there was a time where certain people were encouraged by the restoration movement and looked at as may as possible to restore. Yet the beliefs and intentions of those who invested in the schemes must be respected. Over time there has been, it must be admitted ambitious plans. The Barnsley and Dearne & Dove did offer hope for restoration and needed the strong support of the people who got the Huddersfield Narrow and the Rochdale opened. Allowing developers to build homes across the Barnsley Canal at Wal
  4. Pearson's guides are a useful source as are the Richard Dean maps. But which quarries and collieries are you interested in ? The Coventry Canal went through the Warwickshire coal field serving a number of mines. There were several stone wharves and the merchandise carriers had depots along the canal. There were also tramroads to the canal. Samuel Barlow had a depot and his story has been discussed in books. The section from Fazeley to Whittington Brook was built by the BCN and retained by them until DIWE days. Pickfords Wharf at Fazeley was where the boatmen accused of the Murder o
  5. In truth, the Coventry Canal does deserve a dedicated history, being at one time a vary profitable concern, if you were a shareholder. Canal of the West Midlands do give a historical overview, but then there is the more specific details that do deserve a better airing. It started mainly as a waterway to convey coal, and had the unique distinction, I believe, as being built by three separate canal companies.
  6. It seems that restoring waterways has reached a dark period at present. The impact of Covid might have a significant effect in this regards, but there has been a growing lack of support for some schemes. The fate of the Barnsley and Dearne & Dove Trust provides such an example and the activities of the predatory developers has not helped their plight. It was decided in April to wind up the Trust for the following reasons: Closure of the Trust. For a number of years now support for our canal restoration project has dwindled, and we have not had new members join
  7. I have chosen to design and create some form of seating for traditional canal boats, for use whilst cruising. The survey probably means more thought as to the questions. There have been observations about the stern, but what needs to be clarified is what a "traditional canal boat" means. In the West Midlands there were the narrow boats, in the East Midlands a common craft were the Trent Boats which worked both rivers and canals. In the north there were Keels and Flats, and so the list goes on. Could the compiler of this survey please be more specific. Then t
  8. There are lists of the different authorities. Most of this was assigned under the original act, then there was secondary legislation that permitted other local authorities to inspect boats. Examples of both systems can be found in local records offices. There were a few authorities that later had the right to allocate an inspection number. And, as stated these numbers are not to be confused with the BW/CRT numbering scheme Not all lists are complete, but registration also appeared in the council sanitary minutes. With Wolverhampton this was the only means of compiling a near as co
  9. The Ship Canal to Sheffield was one of several schemes to improve navigation to British Industry The Greenland Arm and the basin for the tramway from Tinsley Park are shown at the bottom. The Greenland Arm terminated by Greenland Colliery and there were also two tramway links to the end of the Greenland Basin. One short line from a pit to the west and a longer one that went to another pit to the south east. This long line had an incline plane to the shaft. This section of map is reproduced from the original ordnance survey sheet 82, (1840)
  10. The second edition of the Ordnance Survey shows the Branch
  11. It will be of interest to seen how the Bradley Canal restoration in the West Midlands proceeds.
  12. The Baxter Collection is in RCHS hands. It comprises 120 negs, or larger, lantern slides, maps and prints and starts in the late 1920's. Bertram Baxter was mainly interested in tramways at the time, although there are various canal images in the collection. Hopefully some images may be made more readily available in the future.
  13. Gas Street has been popular for the trip boats over a lengthy period of time now.
  14. Yes Apsley is a good example, and view 1 was looking from Cobbs Engine House to Windmill End Junction. Here is a view looking up Farmers Bridge Locks, with Whitmore's Arm Bridge on the right and a towpath not maintained to todays standards, but fortunately not plagued by the cyclists who now race down here oblivious to the CRT code. This an area transformed by the developer, when this photograph was taken, it was more a secret world known to the boaters and those interested in waterways history.
  15. There are the maps on line such as the Ordnance Survey- this being the 2nd ordnance survey
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