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The Canal Trap Door

Did you know that canals used to have trap doors to let the water out. Honestly, they really did, pull the chain to open the door to let...

The Bankrupt Canal

My wife Ellison came across an interesting canal history book recently called "The Bankrupt Canal", of all places in the Oxfam bookshop. ...

Waterway Dolly

As regular readers (I know that's a very small number of people 😊) will know, Ellison and I are Lock Keepers at Stoke Bruerne on the...

Here be dragons

I love maps, they paint a picture of a landscape you can't put into words, as JRR Tolkien said 'I wisely started with a map'. Maps are a...

Riddle Me This

Who said 'riddle me this?' The Riddler in Batman of course. I don't have a riddle as such, it's more of a daft question. I do like a...

The Bubble Act

I'll come to the Bubble Act in a bit, which is definitely a bit on the nerdy side of things and although not about canals, massively...

Triggers Broom

I doubt anyone reading this hasn't seen the scene in Only Fools and Horses about Triggers Broom. Trigger, who sweeps the road for the...

Water, Water, Everywhere

In all the time I've spent by or on the canal I've never really thought much about where the water comes from, it's just there. Of...

Is it a Union or a Junction?

My curiosity in the history of the Grand Union Canal comes from the simple sign post in the picture below. It's just south of the lock...

Grand Union Canal - I didn't know that!

Although I don't have a boat I regularly cycle or walk the Grand Union Canal tow paths through Milton Keynes and beyond. The canal has...

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