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Hi all. I'm currently looking into the family tree, especially my two great-grandads from Wolverhampton. Can anyone help me wih the following? Great-grandad John Hodson, b. 1878. I know he lived in Ward Street and later Horseley Fields, and worked as a canal boatman. According to my nan, he used to transport coal from the coalfields to Wolverhampton power station, working for a company called 'Swift' - he died when she was young and she is now 99 years of age, so is a bit vague on the subject! Does anyone know if there was a canal transport/haulage company called 'Swifts' or something similar? Thanks in advance!
With my Alarum Productions hat on... since 2019 we've recorded oral histories with around 25 women who campaigned, boated through all manner of rubbish, spent their weekends and holidays on working parties - often falling love in the course of them - all to restore dank, rubbish filled ditches to navigable waterways. We now have a show I Dig Canals telling some of those stories that we will be touring on the Grand Union this year (and assorted other places) so hope to perhaps meet some of you at one of those, but you can also hear the voices of the women via two series of podcasts on Soundcloud. The first covers stories of the Black Country - Dudley and Netherton tunnels, the Stourbridge 16, the Staffs & Worcs... the second, which we are currently adding to each week focuses on Birmingham - Gas St basin, Farmers Locks, Icknield Port Loop and the Mainline in the 1970s. And you can find it all here:
Hello Everybody! My names Rich, I'm new to the forum and this is my first post. I'm looking to get a Narrowboat to live aboard full time within the next year and I'll need a residential mooring somewhere around Sandwell, Dudley or perhaps just outside either as I currently work full time but I'm having trouble finding any anywhere, let alone in a viable location. If anyone has any suggestions as to where to start looking or who would be good to talk to that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks