SP1572 : Narrow boat on Stratford-upon-Avon Canal

taken 6 years ago, near to Hockley Heath, Solihull, Great Britain

Narrow boat on Stratford-upon-Avon Canal
Narrow boat on Stratford-upon-Avon Canal
This was the only boat I saw moving all day, because due to repair works at locks 9 and 16, this section of canal was effectively closed to through traffic. This boat must have been going a short distance, maybe to the permanent moorings a little way further down.
The absence of traffic, and hence any disturbance, was causing the falling autumn leaves to collect in large patches, as can be seen in front of the boat on this photograph.
This section of canal near Hockley Heath is in a heavily wooded cutting, and I was unable to get a GPS fix, hence the six figure location.
The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal
The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal links the Worcester and Birmingham Canal at King's Norton Junction with the River Avon at Stratford. The canal is 255 miles long, and has 56 locks*, the last onto the river being a broad lock. The canal was built in several stages (including changes of route) from 1793 on, finally opening fully to the River Avon in 1815.

By the 1950s the section north of Lapworth was rarely being used, and the southern section from Lapworth was badly silted with some unusable locks. It is believed that the last boat reached Stratford in the early 1930s, though a pleasure cruiser reached Wilmcote at Easter in 1947.

Threat of total closure of the southern section in the mid 1950s caused protests, leading to an enquiry in 1958, and a big public campaign to save the canal, so the abandonment plans were reversed in 1959.

The National Trust took on the task of restoring the southern section of the canal in 1960, leading to its re-opening by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother on 11 July 1964. Control was passed to the British Waterways Board in 1988, then to the Canal and River Trust in 2012.

*One stop-lock at King's Norton is unused and open, another at Kingswood Junction is duplicated.

(Details reduced from Nicholson's Waterways Guide No 2)
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Date Taken
Sunday, 18 November, 2012   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 20 November, 2012
Geographical Context
Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Woodland, Forest  Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 154 723 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:20.9134N 1:46.5207W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 154 723
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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