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Canals 1995

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Watering at Stewpony, the first morning without rain for3 days

03 October 1995



Watering at Stewpony

03 October 1995



Oak passes while Sycamore takes water

03 October 1995



A sunny day at last, on the Severn below Worcester

04 October 1995



Passing Upton-on-Severn

04 October 1995



Upper Lode Lock

04 October 1995



Leaving U Lode Lock

04 October 1995



Oak steams past

04 October 1995



Oak steams down the Severn at full speed

04 October 1995



Ruth waves as she passes

04 October 1995



And a third boat overtakes us both

04 October 1995



Moored at Haw Bridge - the south wind was so strong that it was easier to moor head-to-wind rahter than heading against the current!

04 October 1995



The wind holds the boats back against the flow

04 October 1995



John Brand steers away from Haw Bridge

04 October 1995



Moored in Gloucester Docks

04 October 1995



MV Chaceley comes through with grain from Sharpness to Tewksbury. This traffic (the last commercial trade on the Severn) ceased soon after

05 October 1995



Chaceley's wheelhouse

05 October 1995



Chaceley passes Gloucester

05 October 1995



Heading down the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

05 October 1995



Looking across to May Hill and the Forest of Dean

05 October 1995



Waiting for a swing bridge

05 October 1995



Purton Swing Bridge

05 October 1995



The remains of the Severn Railway Bridge at Sharpness

05 October 1995



Purton Swing Bridge and the "Berkley Hunt"

05 October 1995



A trip boat pass through Purton Swing Bridge

05 October 1995



Trip boat winds in the rain at Purton

05 October 1995



Inside the "Berkley Hunt"

05 October 1995



BW tug "Speedwell" with dumb barges approaches near Shepherd's Patch

05 October 1995



A dumb barge towed by "Speedwell"

05 October 1995



The barge train heads south into the sunshine

05 October 1995



Lockkeeper's house on the G&S

05 October 1995



Splatt Bridge

05 October 1995



Frampton Church

05 October 1995



John rests from cooking breakfast

06 October 1995



Oak

06 October 1995



Chaceley unloading at Tewksbury

06 October 1995



Chaceley unloading at Tewksbury

06 October 1995



Avon Lock at Tewksbury

06 October 1995



Moored at Tewksbury

06 October 1995



Moored at Evesham

07 October 1995



Evesham

07 October 1995



Evesham

07 October 1995



Bidford Bridge

07 October 1995



Bidford Bridge

07 October 1995



Bidford Lock: Anthony removes the teasels from his dufflecoat, which he had gained whilst resting in a ditch on his way back from the pub the night before

08 October 1995



Anthony removes teasels from his coat

08 October 1995



Approaching Stratford

08 October 1995



Gordon Grey Lock, Stratford

08 October 1995



Entering Stratford

08 October 1995



Colin P Witter Lock

08 October 1995



Taking Water opposite Stratford Theatre

08 October 1995



Stratford Theatre

08 October 1995



Group Shot

08 October 1995



Locking up into Bancroft Basin, watched by a cast of 1000's

08 October 1995



Bancroft Basin

08 October 1995



Bancroft Basin

08 October 1995



Edstone Aqueduct

08 October 1995



North Warwick line passing under Edstone Aqueduct

08 October 1995



North Warwick line passing under Edstone Aqueduct

08 October 1995



Near Lowsonford

09 October 1995



Near Lowsonford

10 October 1995



Lowsonford Lock

10 October 1995



Kingswood Jn

10 October 1995



Kingswood Jn

10 October 1995



Entering the (then) new connection into the Grand Union canal

10 October 1995



Taking Water at Farmer's Bridge

10 October 1995



Sycamore on the New Main Line in Smethwick

10 October 1995



Oak on the Engine Arm Aqueduct

10 October 1995



Sycamore approaches the Engine Arm Aqueduct

10 October 1995



Sycamore passes directly under Oak (!)

10 October 1995



Oak on top of Sycamore

10 October 1995



The photographers disperse, note the "Bemused Belgian" to the left of Ivor

10 October 1995

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I was born in 1953 and educated at Tonbridge and Bristol University. Since then I have been employed on the Railways, most of the time in the West Midlands. From 1980 I lived in Wolverhampton, and for the last 20 years in Bridgnorth