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John Brightley

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  1. Going back to the original question, the term 'hostel boat' was originally used because the boats operated in a similar way to youth hostels, i.e. individuals or groups could use the accommodation, booked their stay per night and often helped with or shared the cooking and cleaning. Hotel boats are (or were)normally booked per cabin (each cabin having one double or one single berth) and all the steering and cooking etc is provided by a crew.
  2. I think it's Great Haywood. The buildings in the background match what is there today.
  3. Yes, they are a wet system fed by the water main. No glass bulb. I work for one of the large housebuilders and we have just fitted our first system here in Warwickshire as a trial, so we are still learning about them too.
  4. Sorry but this isn't correct. Building Regulations require all new homes in Wales to have a sprinkler system, and the same requirements are likely to come into force in England in about a year's time. Domestic sprinkler systems are actually quite discrete, and cost about £4000 for a large 4 bed house.
  5. Saltisford is closer to the town centre (800m) than the Cape (1.3km). Both are nice, but as Neil says above, another alternative is to moor by Kate Boats. There's always mooring space between the Cape and Saltisford, and along that stretch you can park a car right next to the boat should you need that convenience. I wouldn't recommend mooring between Saltisford and Hatton bottom lock - the A46 road is noisy and it's further from town in any case. As regards pubs, the Cape is nice, but there's lots of other good ones - the Coffee Tavern, Fourpenny Shop, Bowling Green, Zetland, Old Post Office.......
  6. I prefer Pearsons guides for Michael's witty writing style and interesting comments. His 'South Midlands' guide covers all the canals you are planning to visit. http://www.jmpearson.co.uk/south-midlands-canal-guidebook.php
  7. To be fair, when Loddon started boating it was normal to leave all gates open when exiting a lock. The general policy only changed in the late 1970's/ early 80's, when the lack of maintenance meant more lock gates were leaking badly and caused problems. Most people including myself tend to close all gates as a routine these days, but it really doesn't matter if a small number of people don't.
  8. Just one more thing before we finish this thread for the moment - June 2020 is still a long way off ( most of us are probably just planning for June 2019!), but nearer the time of your holiday you might want to post on here again with the dates you are going up and down Hatton. Depending on work commitments, some of us locals might be able to come and help you if that would be useful.
  9. Well, they did a few years ago. It used to be known as the Museum of British Road Transport.
  10. Missed this when it was first posted, so I hope this is useful: If you're flying in to Heathrow, my recommendation would be to get a National Express coach direct from there to Warwick Parkway or Coventry, then a taxi to whichever hire base you choose. The coach is almost as quick as a taxi or private car might be. Kate Boats at Warwick might be the easiest choice for a boatyard.
  11. Other people have covered most points, but as a local I have a few other small items to add - If you haven't been to Warwick before, don't miss a walk around the centre of the town. It's quite picturesque and most people enjoy it. There are also lots of good pubs and restaurants in the centre. And a climb up St Mary's church tower is worth it for the views from the top if you have the time. The town centre is easily walkable from either Kate Boats or the Cape, but it's a slightly shorter walk from the moorings at the Saltisford arm (if they have space). There is always space to moor between Cape Locks and Birmingham Road. The place to avoid mooring is below Hatton Bottom Lock as you're right next to the A46 road which can be very noisy. After you've done Hatton Locks you can treat yourselves at the cafe right beside the top lock. It's highly recommended ! At Kingswood Junction I'd recommend you stop and have a walk to the National Trust's Baddesley Clinton house.
  12. Yes, Tipton is correct. The photo is one of a set - all can be viewed here: http://www.dodington.net/Daffy.html
  13. Ray -that seems to be the headstone of another Bert Dunkley. The Bert who took the photos and is shown in your photo didn't pass away until 20 years later - here is the plaque to his memory at Coventry Canal Basin. (from https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Plaque_in_memory_of_Herbert_Ralph_(Bert)_Dunkley.jpg )
  14. Here's the history of the Alice May: https://www.canalworld.net/forums/index.php?/topic/87558-herbert-dunkley-collection/&do=findComment&comment=1891320
  15. No, it's never been in Birmingham. It was moved from Hawkesbury to Dartmouth in 1963.
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