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Graham and Jo

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    Alton, Hants
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    Railways, Environmental Issues, Wild West!

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    Vice Chairman Accessible Boating
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  1. Mine comes out pretty much the colour it went in. There is no carbon muck to make it dark like used engine oil. Cheers Graham
  2. The double lock was a clue. Definitely not Brum.
  3. Correct me if I am wrong but I think they started escaping Brum from Brentford. Cheers Graham
  4. The dreams one is pretty good as a sofa but we haven't tried it as a bed yet. I suspect it would benefit from a memory foam topper when it is a bed. Cheers Graham
  5. We have this one from Dreams on our boat, it is delivered flat without legs so fitted through the front door. https://www.dreams.co.uk/ohio-3-seater-sofa-bed/p/533-00212-configurable They delivered it to the boat and on through the front doors. Cheers Graham
  6. Thanks, I wondered if it was that one. I have crashed into the remains of the bridge on the towpath side in a minor moment of less that ideal attention. Cheers Graham
  7. Where was the bridge? Cheers Graham
  8. Can we un-sraighten the Northern Oxford please and don't forget the locks up to Calcutt from Warwick. Oh, re-tunnel Fenny Compton too. Cheers Graham
  9. So that is why the duck pond is dry nowdays! Cheers Graham
  10. There is also a public footpath crossing the lock. This now goes over a modern bridge but perhaps this adds weight to the idea of something across the old lock. Cheers Graham
  11. Yes, I just read that which seems to contradict Roger's story! Cheers Graham
  12. Mystery solved!! I decided to go and speak to the oracle, Roger Preen, founder of Calcutt boats. The lock used to be fitted with gauging equipment! He also mentioned the old chamber behind the water point used to have the weighing equipment that is now on show at Stoke Bruerne. Cheers Graham
  13. It might not show well on the pics but there are 3 identical features on both sides directly opposite each other so the idea of supporting some form of cover makes sense. Some of the other locks nearer Birmingham do have covers over them. Next time I am going that way I will have a look. Thinking about that idea a bit more covering the old lock between the lock keepers cottage and the new lock makes sense. So it may be that the covers have been removed at some point. Time for a search of images of Calcutt top lock I think. Cheers Graham
  14. There are 3 sections on both sides. Each about 3.5 feet long. It is just the top row pushed back, it doesn't continue down into the lock. The other two old narrow locks at Calcutt don't have this feature. It crosses my mind to wonder if it has something to do with gauging boats? There are the remains of a chamber used for this purpose just behind the water point above the lock. I also discovered that the bricks on the east side are made by a different company. Wood and Iver from West Bromwich Albion Brick works. Cheers Graham
  15. Calcutt has a pleasant bit of decking next to the old top lock enabling ice cream eating and general boat watching. Today I noticed something a bit interesting about the old lock. There are 3 sections where the top bricks are pushed back from the edge by about 3 inches. Has this any historical significance? I also noticed the bricks were made in Oldbury by Sadler Brothers. Cheers Graham
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