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Leo No2

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  1. Main Line Cosgrove open 24 x 7 Stoke Bruerne open 10:00 - 16:00 - last entry 15:00 Buckby (Lock 8 to Lock 11) open 10:00 - 16:00 - last entry 15:00 Braunston open 09:00 to 17:00 - last entry 16:00 Leicester Line Watford open 10:00 - 16:00 - last entry 15:15 Foxton open 10:00 - 16:00 - last entry 15:15 Kibworth (Lock 18 to Lock 22) open 09:00 - 17:00 - last entry 15:30
  2. I have heard that as well Dave - just waiting for the e-mail that confirms it.
  3. Not a stoppage as such but lock opening hours restrictions. Foxton, Watford, Braunston, Buckby, Northampton Arm, Stoke Bruerne and Cosgrove effective 03-June until further notice opening hours will be 10:00 - 16:00 with last entry at 15:00 - clearly a bit more flexible, I'd imagine, with Cosgrove. Result of a dry winter and the long range forecast being drier than usual. Aim, as I understand it, is to keep boating going through the dry summer.
  4. There is a direct link to the original images (The Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photography (CUCAP) is the result of airborne survey campaigns which were started in 1947 by the pioneering JK St Joseph.) and canals. Kenneth St Joseph was the husband of Daphne March (my aunt). Daphne, who along with her brother Christopher, had the working boat Heather Bell had the suggestion that women operated boats during the war - these were the trainees but (sadly I think) more colloquially known as 'Idle Women'.
  5. Agree 100% - amazing images - thank you Darren.
  6. Just lost for words - that's amazing - thank you so much for sharing. Kathryn
  7. The second image with the current roads overplayed is very 'revealing'. Lorna (of this parish) had relatives who lived in Lavender Rise (why to I always think that it is the Lavender Hill Mob?) - As Chris M Jones said it had a number of different names (to different people at different time perhaps). I believe there may be a number of wide boats buried somewhere in the dock - buried when it was partially filled in. The railway junction that's on the site now takes you in to London Heathrow and I believe is an important junction in Crossrail so it retains its transport importance. Here's today's view:
  8. Chris, Mark, Tam, Paul - thank you all for your views and expertise. Alan Faulkner’s map shows it to the north but I suppose that’s what history is all about. Chris - most interesting that the dock had so many different names and you’ll be pleased to know I managed to put my hand on the Autumn 2017 edition of Narrowboat very quickly! As Paul says there were a number of Star class boats left there after the war, Callisto (a fire boat), Sculptor (a fire boat), Pices (I think was a fire boat), Scorpio, Sagitta, Puppis and I am sure there were probably more. Makes it all the more surprising to me that all of them survived. Thank tou you for encouraging me to keep looking and for helping. Very much appreciated.
  9. Thanks Mark - the last image is most interesting. I have come to the conclusion (at the moment) that Alan H Faulkner in his book ‘The Grand Junction Canal’ is probably correct where he says on page 201 that Stockley Dock was a separate entity (and therefore separate to Dawley Dock) and have asked CanalPlan for the source of their data that suggests that the one Dock was known as Dawley Dock and Stockley Dock. It’s a fascinating area of the co7ntry.
  10. I have found this thread fascinating as I try to find out where Sculptor was stored (dumped perhaps?) after her service as a fire boat during the war. Pete Harrison, of this Parish, has kindly provided information that Sculptor (and I believe also Scorpio and Sagitta and may be some others) were at Stockley Dock for a few years before being resurrected and taken to the Norbury area. Happily all three boats are still extant. I really would like to find out where Stockley Dock is - and you'd think that would be quite easy but it seems not unless someone on here has good local knowledge. What I have ascertained so far is: Dawley Dock was also known as Stockley Dock (source for that is CanalPlan - Site of Dawley Dock, Infilled, Also known as: Stockley Dock Grand Union Canal Walk, Hayes, London Borough of Hillingdon, Greater London, England, United Kingdom - Information - Site of Dawley Dock is a minor waterways place on the Grand Union Canal (Grand Junction Canal - Main Line - Gayton to Brentford) between Cowley Peachey Junction (Junction with Grand Union Slough Branch) (1 mile and 1½ furlongs to the west) and Bull's Bridge Junction (Junction with Grand Union Paddington Branch. Opposite is a dry dock.) (2 miles and ¾ furlongs to the east). The nearest place in the direction of Cowley Peachey Junction is Site of Rutter's Dock (Infilled); 1¼ furlongs away.The nearest place in the direction of Bull's Bridge Junction is Iron Bridge Road North Bridge No 194A; ¾ furlongs away). So that puts it just to the west of Iron Bridge Road I think. I also think (but stand to be corrected) that it is the dock in the attached screenshots taken from the Museum of Scotland website (what a great resource) just opposite Varnish Works. There are two maps attached - one from 1914 and one from 1936 which show the development of that dock if nothing else. Can anyone confirm that what I think is Dawley (or Stockley Dock) is that Dock - it's just named Dock on the map. I am also attaching a small, hand drawn (I think) map that shows Dawley Dock and Stockley Dock as separate entities but in much the same place but quite small. There's no 'source' of the hand drawn map that I can find. Edited to add a scan of a map of the area with the docks taken from the GUCC Co book - Making Transport History. Grateful for any opinions.
  11. Despite what your friend Google may say if you are thinking of coming to the Museum in Stoke Bruerne it doesn't reopen until Saturday 16-Feb-19.
  12. Probably the best person to ask is John Benson at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port, John is an archivist there. Normal CRT e-mail [email protected]
  13. Image © Mark Wilson. It's titled 'Thurlwood prototype Steel Lock'
  14. I have spoken to John Benson this week - yes they are happy to provide Hi Res copies of images they have but there is a caveat as below - I have attached the document they would like signed. The intention from way back before I arrived was indeed to sell images. However documentation relating to copyright in our photographic collection is at best patchy and in many cases I simply don’t know who, if anyone, owns the rights. Please find further details attached. We took some legal advice three or four years ago which suggested that in these circumstances selling the images would not be advisable. I can indeed supply high resolution images of everything, but we don’t charge. Despite the above the images have now appeared in countless television films and publications and to the best of my knowledge no one’s ever raised any objections. I get people we supply with them to indemnify us by signing the attached. If I were asking for a hi res copy I would like to think I would make a donation in lieu of a purchase. Mike's contact details above are the ones to use. THE WATERWAYS ARCHIVE_COPYRIGHT RE THE PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTIONS.pdf
  15. Well you could have parked in the Church Car park (you would have passed it on your way down the hill from the Blisworth turn (Stoke Road onto Shutlanger Road/Bridge Road)) - it would be on your right just after entering the 30mph zone and passing Wentworth Way), £2 donation all day but it is locked at night by the PCC. If the CRT car park was free it would open it up to all day parking from residents and you would get no 'churn' to make spaces available - every road in Stoke Bruerne is double yellow (Conservation yellow - lighter than normal) lined and yes parking is a challenge but the double yellows are from before my time and instigated, I believe, by the District Council - and monitored; a lot of Stoke Bruerne is in a 'double' conservation area being in the Grand Union Conservation Area and the Stoke Bruerne Conservation Area. I don't think £2:50 for four hours is too bad when the parking in Milton Keynes for four hours is £8 - £4 if you can find the right place. Yes some of the parking in the Navigation is available without being a customer - part of the planning application 21 years ago I understand - very difficult (well I can't find it) to find proof of that these days. There's also parking down by the bottom lock and you could enjoy a walk up the old plateway railway line (the first railway in Northamptonshire) alongside the locks - the eastern (and wider) side is the line of the old railway down there and the western side is the designated towpath - the towpath changes sides at Lock 14 (Top Lock). There's also parking at Rookery Open Farm but I would imagine, understandably, they would rather you parked there when visiting their farm. I understand that CRT were looking for somewhere for additional parking in the area and drew a blank.
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