SU4767 : John Gould MBE

taken 10 years ago, near to Newbury, West Berkshire, Great Britain

John Gould MBE
John Gould MBE
John was one of the characters of the Kennet and Avon Canal. More importantly in the 1950s he was instrumental in helping to keep the canal open. He operated a pair of boats in the Newbury area, bringing salt from the Cheshire salt fields to the Hovis factory at West Mills as well as other trading. In the 1950s the then managers of the canal, the Docks and Inland Waterways Executive, closed various locks as they could not afford their maintenance. John Gould served an injunction for loss of earnings and won an out of court settlement of 5,000. He used this money to help form a campaign, later to become the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, to campaign against the closure of the canal. Over 40 years later, in 1990, he was able to be at the reopening of the canal. His knowledge of the canal in the Newbury area was unparalleled, and he was a regular attendant at Newbury Lock, so it is appropriate that he is remembered here.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 2 June, 2009   (more nearby)
Saturday, 6 June, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 4703 6716 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:24.0917N 1:19.5192W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 4703 6716
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