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  1. One time we went there a lady came out of the top lock cottage and sold us a Summit Pass.
  2. Yes. "The Oxford Company bought the land over the tunnel in 1838 with the idea of opening it up. The first stage of this work started in 1838 and by 1840, they had removed several parts of the tunnel roof — a section at each end and a short section in the centre, creating two separate tunnels, one 307m long and the other 413m long. In 1865, the decision was made to opened out the rest of the tunnel. The southern end was open by 1868 and the northern by 1870. During the opening out works several bridges were constructed, including the cast iron roving bridge (shown in the photo) that carries the towpath across the canal, a bridge carrying the A423 Southam to Banbury road (recently rebuilt in reinforced concrete) and a rectangular wrought iron trough (now demolished) carrying a stream that fed Wormleighton Reservoir. The canal now runs through a deep cutting and there is little evidence of the tunnel to be seen."
  3. Fenny Compton tunnel being opened up 1838. Engineering Timelines - Fenny Compton Tunnel, site of (engineering-timelines.com)
  4. I’ve wrapped the inner skin with exhaust bandage, then wound thin wire round that to keep it in place, finally filled with fire retardant foam. Never had tar running outside the chimney or any other issue.
  5. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful reply. The picture was included in the CRT press release, although you will probably disbelieve that. With comments like yours I sometimes wonder why I bother, although many do appreciate the press releases I post on behalf of CRT.
  6. PRESS RELEASE 24th September 2021 CANAL CHARITY WAGES FIGHT AGAINST INVASIVE WEEDS ON LANCASTER CANAL Waterways and wellbeing charity, the Canal & River Trust is waging a major battle to control invasive weeds on the Lancaster Canal. Throughout the summer and early autumn, a combination of warm weather, sunshine and extra nitrates from agricultural run-off create perfect growing conditions for duckweed, water fern, common reeds and Canadian waterweed. These fast-growing plants are spread by passing boats, canoeists, paddle boarders, anglers’ nets and walkers’ muddy boots and, left undisturbed, can form a thick green carpet on the water. This can then cause problems for boat engines, and its solid appearance makes it a potential danger for children and animals. Hotspots for the weeds are low flow areas around Lancaster, Garstang, Cabus Nook, north Preston, Radcliffe Wharf and Woodplumpton. The Canal & River Trust, which cares for 2,000 miles of waterways, has stepped up its response on the Lancaster Canal with a massive vegetation clearance programme, including the use of a Truxor amphibious tractor, which this year has scooped up hundreds of tonnes of problematic and invasive weeds from the waterway. The water supply for the Lancaster Canal feeds through via the unnavigable Northern Reaches link from Killington Reservoir, near Kendal, and keeping that channel flowing freely is also a constant challenge. Angela Parkinson Green, local area operations manager for the Canal & River Trust, explained: “Since 1968, the canal has only been navigable from Tewitfield southwards after it was severed in three places by the construction of the M6 motorway. This gives us unique challenges on the Lancaster – including the loss of nearly two thirds of the water supply between Killington and Tewitfield. As well as weed and silt removal, every day our staff have to clear out the three M6 culverts which carry the canal water supply under the motorway. “Weed carpets form easily in low flow areas further south, so it is a constant battle to keep the water flowing and the vegetation away from the canal. It would be great if we could just turn a tap on – but it is a lot more complicated than that. “The beautiful Lancaster Canal is home to more than 2,500 boats and about 60 per cent are cruisers or have on-board engines which can be damaged by weeds. Traditional narrowboats cope much better with these conditions. “We have a plan to dramatically reduce the amount of weed in the canal and we are very grateful to the volunteers who have joined with our staff to keep the canal looking its best. Just over 30 miles of the Lancaster Canal, three quarters of the waterway, has been awarded a coveted Green Flag, the environmental gold standard awarded by Keep Britain Tidy group. “At Tewitfield, Blossom hire boat company has recently adopted a one and half mile stretch of the canal and is making a big difference for all canal users in that area. And from May next year, canal enthusiasts Kim Parry, Ross Fender and Vicki Hepple will be organising a new volunteer programme inviting everyone who enjoys the waterway to get involved in helping to remove unwanted weeds and reeds.” If you would like to volunteer for a towpath taskforce or are interested in adoption, please email the Trust’s Lancaster Canal volunteer team leader Anna Barlow on anna.barlow@canalrivertrust.org.uk. For more general information about the Canal & River Trust, including volunteering and donating, visit canalrivertrust.org.uk ENDS For further media requests please contact: Lynn Pegler m 07783 686246 e lynn.pegler@canalrivertrust.org.uk
  7. Obvious really but a horse boat or a butty being towed by a motor never had them, counter bands that is. One example of a BW liveried boat with yellow & red counter bands.
  8. A lovely pootle out on the T & M today, there and back to see how far it was.
  9. Leeds? On Leeds Becoming a Seaport Town (waterwaysongs.info) On Leeds Becoming a Seaport Town Oh dear! Oh dear! his a curious age is, Alteration all the rage is, Young and old in the stream are moving, All in the general cry improving, From the Exhibition I've brought news down sirs, They're going to make it a seaport town sirs,Instead of factories and cheap tailors Nothing you'll see but ships and sailors. Chorus: This 'twill be I'll bet you a crown sirs,When Leeds it is a sea-port town sirs
  10. @Graham_Robinson Graham, what was Star's "Water" name? If I am correct Star had a cut down bow to improve visibility. Water Rambler? A Jim Payler photograph. One of these?
  11. @Graham_RobinsonGraham I think it may be from the Jim Payler collection. Several of Jim's photo's graced the waiting room walls of Blisworth Surgery under the title of "The Tony Hillier Collection." Pictures included in Tony Hillier's Collection (blisworth.org.uk) Tony Hillier's Picture Collection (blisworth.org.uk) The attached picture of Selina Sibley? looks as if it was taken at the same time.
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