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Derek R.

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  1. A long gone sign opposite Aylesbury basin:
  2. When is a bridge - a tunnel. I believe there was a thread on that subject Suffice to say, Broad Street is carried over the canal by a bridge, more often known as Broad Street Tunnel due to it having buildings above same, but now allocated a name of Black Sabbath Bridge. Which seems pretty pointless to me. It's not called anything the other side except Broad Street Tunnel.
  3. Indeed, I do remember it selling a variety of general goods. Must have been that one, Thanks John.
  4. Yes - Alan is correct - Cow Rest. Should have remembered that, but instead the grey matter lurched off in the wrong direction. Again . . . A days march to the 'Smooth field', or the one up behind King's Cross more like. The pub was The Longboat in '83. We stopped and bought some Lockmaster maps from thereabouts.
  5. Renaming is part of a destabilising program, like 'reframing'. Lose an identity, and part of history is lost. The subject is deeper than you might think. Leg O' Mutton lock only survived for the length of a film, but what if it had had a sign put up? Cow Roast sounds odd, but not if associated with the achievement of reaching the summit when built, and a Cow was roasted in the celebrations, or so the story goes. Several locks are named after families that lived there even after their successors have long gone. It's like that with houses where I live, there's 'Annies' and 'Turners', people and families long gone, but their memories are held inperpetuity by locals, though there are no physical signs. Ashted Locks; Farmer's Bridge; Sutton's; Carpenter's; Corketts; Broad Street; Maffers (spell it how you like), so it will remain. Respect history by leaving it be, and passing it on.
  6. Stop it . . . . I'm trying to count. No chance I'm afraid. Nice to see the Larbert fitted though. I do wonder if when used as a maintenance/ice boat that the original table cupboard and cross bed would have simply been left in situ. TYCHO would have been just six years old and fitted with all the usual fittings. I cannot see any advantage in removing such fittings when all that was required was a shortened boat and re-inforced fore end. At a time when we were at war, the provision would have been to get the job done as quiclkly as possible without faffing about removing said fittings, I feel pretty certain they would have been left as was. But this is 78yrs later. Maybe I should build a model of TYCHO - as she was in 1999. No mooring fees, no insurance, no CoC, no anglers. No boating either, but even that has changed.
  7. Trust you! So is it the bottom of Lock 1, or the top of Lock 2?
  8. Just been looking through some of my canal books, and Faulkner's 'Grand Junction Canal' only gives the beam for the Aylesbury arm as 7ft. Whereas 'Inland Waterways of Great Britain and Ireland' compiled by Lewis Edwards gives the maximum beam of 7ft 3ins. Nowhere have I found the reason why they are wider than other 'narrow' canals in either book. From the outset there were issues over water supply from the summit, and that may well have been reason for choosing narrow locks. All the bottom gates are mitred, and the top gate single.
  9. Seven foot six, or maybe seven foot nine, but not over eight feet. Also mid eighties. Prior to this, it was a struggle to even find the stop lock amongst the mature shrubbery that had grown up around the stop lock, and the bridge had been filled in completely, just an earth bank both sides. Certainly that way in the mid seventies, and the Wendover arm was crystal clear around New Mill, barely two feet deep or less.
  10. Never heard any of the Aylesbury arm locks having names before, and 'Black Jack's' is on the main line below Ricky. I was a member of ACS for a few years (mid eighties come to think of it) and the locks were known by their numbers. I wonder if this is a more recent naming exercise. I know the chap renovating the cottage (unpainted) had problems with vandals, but that's going back a bit. What a 'desert' the basin looks now.
  11. Compare: https://tinyurl.com/y6rh3xqa
  12. When we had YARMOUTH people would ask : - "Is that where you're headed?" Mind, it was painted on a board set across the foredeck. Put: 'Lands End to John O'Groats' and some would think that's possible by narrow boat.
  13. Yellow crane. That's all that mattered. This wasn't hard to find: http://www.harland-wolff.com/
  14. SICKLE's 'space invader' cabin - a thing of beauty? Was it practical? Probably. Did the crew like them? One says definitely not! But you work with what you are given.
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