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  1. Aha. I wonder the author would have made of Bosley then. JP
  2. Not quite sure why it’s “despite” being a narrow canal since the arrangement of gates described is the most prevalent arrangement for narrow canals. JP
  3. This is misleading since the quoted miles, locks and time are from Stoke Prior and you’d have to be a bit daft to hire from there to do the Warwickshire Ring. I’ll second @john6767’s advice to @Mandy Mc. The trip is achievable and it sounds like you’ll have the type of crew required but it will be hard work, particularly if you are on your own in between the weekends. The first six days or so will be very lock heavy (assuming you go clockwise). After that it’s more leisurely. As stated the locks through Birmingham are not particularly difficult and rather than discourage mooring in Birmingham I would encourage a stop in the centre but also concur with the view that the most suitable stopping places either side are Shirley and Curdworth. The Warwickshire Ring is a standard one week hire from any of the numerous hire bases along its route so an extension from Lapworth to Stratford and return - which is 3 to 4 days normal cruising in total - must be feasible in a two week hire. JP
  4. The thread has got mighty confused but I believe this question was in response to Keeping Up in relation to Diglis lock. There isn’t a proper facility to tie up and get onto the bank below Diglis. JP
  5. Although it’s a blatantly bad idea I like this because it’s one of my pet hates too. It’s an admission that the road layout design has failed.
  6. It was a bad idea. For similar reasons that Hyperloop will probably never be developed as a serious mode of transport. The system required a pressure differential over a long distance and over that distance only one train could move at a time. That seriously limits the capacity of the system. It may have been sufficient for the 1840s but it would soon have become defunct even if it had have worked successfully. Delivering electricity to the locomotive is a far better idea and that’s a technology that’s now well over a century old (and just checking that I realised I unknowingly travelled on the world’s first overhead electrified railway system this past weekend. It’s definitely due an upgrade.) I once thought the broad gauge was a good idea badly executed (Brunel was the wrong track with his Permanent Way and there never was a battle over gauge to be fought) however someone on here persuaded me that was a bad idea too. JP
  7. I thought I’d headed off those kind of jokes with the user name to accompany the profile pic. I’ve heard ‘em all before but that’s not a bad effort. And the straight answer is no anyway since the boating folk are my maternal line. JP
  8. I have no idea about Romany people but as far as boat families go those that lived aboard - which was a minority - may have struggled to be observant. However evidence shows that baptism was pretty much universal and occasionally into both non-conformist and conformist churches. Marriages were obviously in churches as there was no alternative other than not getting married, but there seems to be little evidence of that. Canal companies observed some rituals around Sunday’s as well, such as not mandating work on a Sunday and also preventing the use of some lock flights. All I can say is that my own boating family were church going folk, just one of many verifiable facets of their life that contradicts the popular view of traditional boating family life. They may not have been absolutely typical but they weren’t unique. Then again perhaps that was true of all boat people and there is no such thing as a single tradition. JP
  9. It was at the time but unfortunately it was at the tail end of the previous ownership and I fell foul of some very poor business practice. I’m assured by a reliable source that all is good now so yes I would return (although I don’t anticipate needing to). JP
  10. Broadly my thoughts. If you’re interested in buying a traditionally styled boat of decent length built by a renowned builder and in outwardly good condition and you don’t want to spend £60k your other options are... ...er... and ...er... ...umm. Well actually there’s Number One, a 70’er with DM2 of similar age and less well known pedigree at Pillings Lock for £42k. By comparison Hope is a snip at £60k. The issue is that this boat is in a niche market so it may not sell easily even at the mythical ‘right’ price. You buy these kind of boats because you want to, and if you want to then don’t ask too many questions unless it’s about specific advice for a boat of this type. If I’d have consulted the forum about my own boat - coincidentally an older and shorter CTS offering - I’d have been warned off regarding many features. Funny how no one has ever asked “why did you buy that?” on inspecting the boat after the event. Maybe they’re too polite 😂. JP
  11. I was thinking of visiting Stoke Bruerne after my boat has had a bit of TLC at a nearby workshop in early September. I see there’s another such event on the 28th September. There’s a plan. JP
  12. Not many but largely that’s because there are far less records overall for the 18th century compared to the 19th century so it is more difficult. It requires a lot more groundwork to go further back and the time I can put to research is limited. However there some specific areas I would like to research further in future. I can trace the three legs of my boating ancestors back to 1756, 1784 and 1803 respectively but I have no record of any family involvement in canals until 1812. Other legs of my family I can trace back to the start of the 18th century but another leg gets cold even from the late 19th century. Information resulting from the 1795 legislation on boat registration is available at least in part in both published and online form. Boat registrations in general aren’t particularly helpful in constructing family trees but they do help in building a picture of a particular person’s life. With the caveats above I am sure you could trace the origins of folk listed in the 1795 boat registrations to satisfy your gypsy fascination. I rather think though you’ve already been given more than a large hint by Heartland and Lorna, both of whom are part of small pool of genuine experts on the forum who’s information can be taken as read. JP
  13. Those particular records relate to about 2,300 people who can be demonstrated to have lived and/or worked on a boat or other canal related job. Only about 10% of them are true relatives. It would be possible to link all canal families together. Lorna probably can. JP
  14. Railway competition cut tariffs and certainly had an impact although it did not reduce the tonnages carried by canals since there was a growing demand overall. From the perspective of the various authors of the “Working Waterways” series I’m sure canal life appeared very different and isolated compared to their own experiences prior to working on the canals and that may have coloured their view. You can find records of the boaters named in those books, on electoral registers for example. However we started with your assumption that people ‘disappeared’ from society when they lived and worked on a boat and that doesn’t stack up with my own findings which includes over 10,000 records for my own family and wider connections, other documents and reading, plus information directly handed down by word of mouth through generations. And just to add to earlier comments census information also captures boats and it’s not unknown to find boatmen being recorded both at home with the family and working a boat on the same census, that’s a quirk of the way census information was collected in the 1800s. JP
  15. I have a record of that Thomas Humphries but hadn’t confirmed his date of birth. It turns out I’ve got two lines of what are almost certainly the same family but I haven’t yet linked them. I don’t generally do much updating beyond my own blood relatives these days - my only Humphri(e)s link is a second marriage - as I ended up finding many more actual relatives than I thought likely. Seemingly unrelated threads on here throw up useful information quite frequently and help to fill gaps and build a picture. JP
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