SP6459 : Stowe Hill Wharf

taken 17 days ago, near to Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire, Great Britain

Stowe Hill Wharf
Stowe Hill Wharf
'The Miller's Daughter' is moored along with several other narrowboats at this Grand Union Canal boatyard and marina. There is a crane here, visible behind the second boat. Stowe Hill Wharf has a long history, with the site at one time being the location for lime kilns. Prior to the Second World War it was used as a transhipment point with access to the adjacent A5. As commercial canal traffic dwindled, it gradually became disused and the old wharf buildings were demolished. There was a new lease of life in the 1970s when work began on a new basin, workshop and dry dock to serve the growing interest in leisure boating. A hire boat business was started although the development was blighted by a collapse in Blisworth Tunnel in 1980, which closed the canal south of here for four years, and the hire boats were sold off. Nowadays there are the usual range of boaters' services and marina moorings. See LinkExternal link
The Grand Union Canal
The Grand Union is a 137 mile (220km), 166 lock, 2 tunnel canal running between Brentford in London and Birmingham. It is the longest canal in Britain, and has 11 main arms and junctions. It takes over a week to navigate.

The Leicester arm branches off at Norton Junction and runs 66 miles long through 59 locks (including 2 staircase locks at Foxton) and 2 tunnels to Leicester where it continues into the River Soar.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 31 August, 2019   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 8 September, 2019
Geographical Context
Canals 
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Canal 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 6415 5901 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:13.5340N 1:3.7359W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 6416 5902
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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