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Tom Morgan

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  1. I'm still happy to police myself, which is largely how the country used to run itself when I was a lad.
  2. When I got home and saw the photos on my PC, I noticed that, too. You can see the passageway, and where it emerges, on the Google Earth aerial below. It comes out into a late-1930s cul-de-sac. If you look at the second image, a 1903 map of the area, you can see the iron foundry, with its own canal wharf and access road to Crankhall Lane. This access road still exists in the same location, accessing the commercial laundry premises which now occupy the iron foundry site. It runs alongside the back garden fences of the houses on the northern side of the cul-de-sac. The rectangular area marked "Sand Pit" on the map coincides exactly with the area on which the cul-de-sac and its gardens are now.
  3. Just in case a closer look at the remaining structures might give anyone any clues, I walked over there this morning (I live about half a mile away) and took a few photos: In order - North Abutment, South Abutment, Aerial (sides), Aerial (above).
  4. I wonder if anyone has any information on a former bridge over the Tame Valley Canal. The only remnants today are the brick and stone buttresses on either side of the towpaths. I'm trying to find out what this bridge was originally called, and, if possible, why it's no longer intact. Demolished? Collapsed? The location is 87 metres West from Crankhall Lane Bridge - i.e. heading away from Birmingham. If I can I'll add a photo of the remains and a map of about 1914, showing the two buttresses - the two rectangular features on the towpaths just below the words "Iron Foundry" in the centre of the map.
  5. Content deleted - didn't read the question carefully enough, so my answer was not relevant!
  6. It's a Sector, also known as a Proportional Compass.
  7. I'm always impressed at how accurately members can pinpoint modern canal locations from old photos. There isn't much to go on in this photo but I thought I'd ask. From his cap-badge, this man could be a soldier in the Royal Engineers, so I assume he's from the Inland Waterways and Docks section. Are there any clues as to the location?
  8. The report says that three boats were "set on fire" and "had their moorings cut."
  9. Thank you, Alan de E (and, by association) Nigel Moore. A very clear explanation for which I'm very grateful. All is clearer now!
  10. Could someone explain - what is an unregistered boat as far as the EA is concerned? Have the owners not licenced their boats, or have they not informed the EA of their ownerships? (And presumably not licenced them, either).
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  12. Yes - I read about the Shelmore Embankment becoming necessary when a landowner insisted on the canal being diverted from a proposed path through his woodland. (If I remember correctly).
  13. You don't have to be a relative to be upset by some of the jokey comments. Somebody has possibly/probably died.
  14. Here is a 1904 map showing the railway transhipment wharf at Great Bridge, near West Bromwich.
  15. Nothing too demanding - fitted an engine-stop switch.
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