SP8814 : Canal Barges on the Aylesbury Arm at Bates Boatyard

taken 9 years ago, near to Puttenham, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

Canal Barges on the Aylesbury Arm at Bates Boatyard
Canal Barges on the Aylesbury Arm at Bates Boatyard
Note the firm edge of the canal and mooring bollards here in contrast to the poorly maintained edge on some other parts of the canal.
To the West (towards Aylesbury) SP8713 : Aylesbury Arm: Bridge No 8
To the East (towards Marsworth) SP8814 : Bridge 7, Aylesbury Arm, Grand Union Canal
Bates Boatyard, Aylesbury Arm, Grand Union Canal
Bates Boatyard LinkExternal link is near Puttenham, on the Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal, immediately west of Lock No 11 and Bridge No 7. While most canal barges built since the mid 20th century have steel hulls this yard maintains the old traditions by restoring old wooden narrowboats and building new ones. This yard has a side slip to allow barges built on land to be launched into the canal.
The position of the triangular plot is interesting as it is in Drayton Beachamp parish, Buckinghamshire, but the north hedge is in Hertfordshire. It is also just into SP8814 but most of the towpath and some of the canal is in SP8813.
The Aylesbury Arm of the Grand Union Canal :: SP9114
The Aylesbury Arm is a branch of the Grand Union Canal (originally the Grand Junction Canal) and the Act authorizing its construction was passed in 1794, and there were plans (never implemented) to extend the Arm to the River Thames at Abingdon. Construction started in 1811 and it was opened in 1815, and has been open ever since. It was used to ship grain, coal, timber and building materials until the 1960's. It is now provides a pleasant route through the Aylesbury Vale and is much used for walking, boating and fishing. There is also a working boatyard.
The Arm is 6 miles long, has 16 locks and rises 95 feet between Aylesbury and Marsworth. Unlike the Grand Junction Canal and the nearby Wendover Arm, which weave across the countryside making the most of the contours, the Aylesbury Arm is remarkably straight, reflecting the level nature of the Vale of Aylesbury. The locks will only take a single narrowboat, in contrast to the main canal, which will take two or one full width barge.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 15 March, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 17 March, 2009
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Boat or ship > Barges   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 887 140 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:49.0551N 0:42.7970W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 888 140
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