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John Brightley

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  1. Here's a photo of her, taken at Hawkesbury in 1981 when she was nearly new. There will be more information in the Waterways World article - I'll have a look for it when I get the chance. But the most obvious person to ask about it would be Pete Gilbert !
  2. It was built entirely by them, and featured in Waterways World at the time. I think it may have been the only new steel hull they have ever built though.
  3. If the colours of that boat are original, it's ex Countrywide Cruisers of Brewood, which means it will have probably been looked after very well in the first few years of its life.
  4. I'd also recommend using Warwick Parkway. Many more trains stop there in comparison with Hatton. And you shouldn't have any problems with leaving a boat moored anywhere between Hatton bottom lock and the Cape.
  5. Yes, and some spots can be busy one day and quiet the next. I was boating 12-16 July. Nottingham to Fradley was quiet, but Fradley all the way through to Stoke was very busy, including long queues for the locks at Stone and Stoke. Rugeley visitor moorings were very busy on that day !
  6. I can't remember exactly, but I think about 3-4 years ago.
  7. Thanks for the update. I meant at the Bond, as they have been happy with people mooring there in the past. But obviously they've had a change of policy. A shame, because they're good moorings.
  8. We would normally go from Catherine de Barnes to Curdworth without stopping, but as David Mack says above, I would have no qualms about stopping anywhere between C de B and Olton for the night, if the boat isn't left unattended - all the stretch up to the bridge carrying the B4146 Yardley Road is very pleasant. After that it gets more industrial and personally I don't find Camp Hill or Bordesley attractive places to moor. But if you particularly want to be near the city centre, one option is the moorings at The Bond, Fazeley Street, between Bordesley junction and Warwick Bar stop lock.
  9. I've just come across a photo of the Dresden Lady in the Bert Dunkley collection - here: https://collections.canalrivertrust.org.uk/bw197.2.20.15
  10. I've been looking through the Phyllis Nicklin images again and found some more canal shots which I don't think have been featured on this forum before. They are Creative Commons licenced, so free to be shared for non-commercial use. The originals can be found here: http://epapers.bham.ac.uk/chrysalis.html Icknield Port Loop 9 Nov1968: Gas Street Basin 24 Sept 1968: near Salford Junction 14 March 1968: Gas Street 1962: Gas Street 1st July 1961 - the boat in the lock appears to be 'Water Vole', an early BW hire cruiser, and to the left of it appear to be two of the 'Water Baby' class cruisers : Selly Oak 1960: California Portal of Lapal Tunnel, 28 Sept 1953: Farmers Bridge, 23 July 1953: Gas St 27 Feb 1953 (image is incorrectly handed, but note 3 gates to lock):
  11. A project by Coventry City Council's Education Department primarily to give the city's schoolchildren holidays on the waterways. They used the boats 'Dresden Lady' and 'Dove of Belgrade' (both approx. 65' and built by Hancock and Lane in about 1975). The project was based at Canal House, Drapers Fields (the big Victorian house next to bridge 1 at Coventry canal basin), and some of the rooms there were also used as classrooms to be used by schoolchildren for canal based projects/lessons. The project started about 1975 - I think it finished in about 1990, but I can't be certain about that. I helped with the boats briefly in 1981 and some of the people involved at the time were Tony Miles, Baz Slowen, Andy Boucher and Barry Skinner.
  12. But if he didn't enact the permission (close the pub and turn it into a house) within the time stated on the consent (usually about 3 years), then the permission has lapsed and that's why he has had to apply again. As others have said, the context has changed in the meantime, so he might not get consent. But if there is another pub in the village the case for keeping your pub is weak.
  13. Ex station boat(s) formerly Huddersfield CS 'Benjamin Outram' and prior to that 'Sabrina' (See https://www.canalworld.net/forums/index.php?/topic/95861-photos-wanted/ ) https://narrowboats.apolloduck.co.uk/boat/yarwoods-for-sale/666387
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