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John Brightley

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  1. We can narrow the date down a bit more than that. I'm 99% certain Brummagem Lady (the boat on the left of the photo) was built in 1973/4.
  2. Here's an old post which has a photo of a 'Coventry Diesel Godiva'. This looks the same as the photo that John Hayden posted. Subtly different to the KF4.
  3. Here's a photo of a KF4 presently for sale on ebay - looks similar: Whatever it is, I would venture to say that it's a rare survivor in marine form.
  4. This appears to be the shorter pair (formerly Rose of Brecon and Abergavenny Castle) which would make sense as they were transferred on to the Llangollen run after being on the Mon & Brec.
  5. The Coventry Victor company (1911-1971) was a different company to Coventry Climax (1919-1985). To confuse matters, Coventry Climax had originally been known as Coventry Simplex !
  6. Hi Dave. This film https://www.macearchive.org/films/atv-today-05051967-gas-street-basin from 1967 features Peter and Calstock - it's not the same as the boat on the right of the photo above, though it is approximately the same mooring. I wonder what happened to Calstock ? Edit: the green and red painted boat at the bottom of the photo above is KUBINA - identified by the distinctive overhang to the front cabin roof.
  7. Correct. You'll see in the photos that Leggers has posted that the pair on the Mon & Brec were called Rose of Brecon and Abergavenny Castle.
  8. I'm no Thames expert, but I think you'll find that it is Boulters Lock, Maidenhead, which was a popular location for Victorian/Edwardian photographers.
  9. Another place where it has been possible to moor in the past is The Bond, Fazeley St. https://www.digbeth.com/spaces/the-bond-company It might be worth you giving them a ring.
  10. Here's my view (for what it's worth), as a local (born in Nuneaton and lived about a mile away from the canal for many years) I'd agree that the Coventry Canal is unremarkable -I wouldn't use the words beautiful, exciting or tedious, it's probably an 'averagely pleasant' waterway. It's also got a lot of interesting industrial history along its length, especially at the Coventry end. It's certainly worth boating the length into Coventry Basin. Nuneaton as a town is much nicer than it's usually given credit for - it's worth walking into the centre from Boot Wharf, through the park. And at Hartshill you can walk up to Hartshill Hayes country park which has good views down into the Anker Valley/ north Warwickshire plain. So although maybe it's not a 'destination waterway', there's no need to rush through without stopping !
  11. Richard Powell of Primrose Engineering, is the person you need. 01926 356400. (@RLWP on this forum) He lives in Kenilworth, so just down the road, and keeps his boat Tawny Owl at the top of Hatton where you are now.
  12. Just posted on the BCNS Facebook page: https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-rope-maker-1976-online?fbclid=IwAR0QgydcUImVff3Tx9L7zLBhrd2XRANCTvO5YWERhoBwtqk9q8FDv415iwI Alf was a well known figure on the BCN in the '70's and '80's.
  13. Hello Julie. I've done a lot of family history research so know it can be frustrating at times. It's common to get to a point on a family tree where you can't take that branch any further -at least at the moment. It's quite possible for there not to be any record of your great grandfather living at Hatton. I've had ancestors recorded on the 1861 and 1881 censuses but absolutely no record in the 1871 census, for example. So don't be confused, just put that line of enquiry down at the moment and try research on another branch of the tree. There are lock cottages at Knowle.
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