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Kaga simpson
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391 of 405  Tue 1st Oct 2019 9:40am  
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NeilsYard, Your first picture on 381 is looking into the basin, the second looking out from the basin, so are they one and the same archways? Are they Foleshill side, or Radford side? Is the photographer inside or outside the basin compound on the one without doors? Neil, I am trying to put them into an early frame of the early 1950's, when the Radford side was completely hidden from view. Neil, I would really appreciate your help. Regards, Kaga.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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392 of 405  Tue 1st Oct 2019 10:00am  
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Hi Kaga. Yes they are the same archways - as mentioned it’s now all covered over and used as a music venue called 'The Tin' although where the stage is is known as 'The Coal Vaults.' You can see them here - Google-Map'ed Edited by member, 1st Oct 2019 10:00 am
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Kaga simpson
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393 of 405  Tue 1st Oct 2019 2:02pm  
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Neil. Thank you for your swift reply. Yes, they were hidden behind Cartwrights Woodshed for many years, the woodshed was between those and the canal. Yes, they were for storage and more likely for coal in the 19th century, but I still feel they were unused from 1930 onwards, but thanks again. Neil, to change the topic, I have just watched my grandson two hours ago on the drive from Munich (after the beer festival) to Venice in a Aldi R8 V10 engine doing 260 kilometers per hour (fantastic), the pictures from inside the car. I know there are car people on this Forum. (mods move this if you wish)
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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394 of 405  Tue 1st Oct 2019 4:59pm  
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Sorry Kaga, not trying to be clever but I just have to say it, I have never seen one of those in the middle aisle in Aldi, I am sure you mean Audi!! Easily done and I think you said you are using someone else's computer. I also find my iPad has a mind of its own and changes words. ☺️
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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395 of 405  Tue 1st Oct 2019 5:08pm  
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Very nice Audi R8, Kaga - but hopefully not too soon after the Beer Festival! Cheers
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Kaga simpson
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396 of 405  Fri 4th Oct 2019 12:19pm  
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NeilsYard, There's no doubt that your arches were just the roads in and out of the basin for very heavy goods, and almost a century before gas was installed in Coventry.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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397 of 405  Tue 22nd Oct 2019 12:24pm  
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Possibly the closest image I have seen yet of the Canal Offices at the top of Bishop Street -
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Kaga simpson
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398 of 405  Tue 22nd Oct 2019 5:50pm  
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NeilsYard. Yes, good photo, would think about the sixties. It was still there in the fifties when it was a plumbers warehouse. Past posts, the building was a house and offices at the start, forget the name of the man put in charge (for the moment). Helen. Looking at the topic again I now believe you were right on post 77. I would now put it late forties. I hear they have a statue in the basin - is it Brindley?
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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399 of 405  Tue 22nd Oct 2019 7:11pm  
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Yes, Kaga, it’s Brindley Thumbs up
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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400 of 405  Wed 23rd Oct 2019 10:50am  
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Some interesting photos of the Basin here - you need to add Coventry Basin in the search box. Edited by member, 23rd Oct 2019 10:51 am
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Kaga simpson
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401 of 405  Wed 23rd Oct 2019 1:50pm  
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Midland Red, thank you for your reply and excellent photos of James Brindley. The Coventry Canal Company, the only one company to have the temerity to sack the great but intensely irritating Brindley. The company appointed Brindley as Engineer and Surveyor at £150 a year, he undertook to give at least two months' attendance in every year, but he did not give what was expected. At that time he had nine other canals also. Brindley was a man that went his own way, asked no help or advice. On the Worcester/Staffs canal, a difference of levels of 30 feet called for three locks - the obvious solution was a staircase of three interlocking locks. Instead he built three separate locks with only a few feet of water between them. It was inconvenient, not enough room for a boat between them, so a boat going up had to wait until a boat going down had passed all three locks. But it was one of the few canals to be built on time and close to budget. Brindley followed the contours of the land, they circled small hills like a moat, he hated fast running water like rivers. He built most tunnels in the form of a double arch, something close to a circle, an inverted arch. He built narrow boats to carry about 25 tons, for they only had horse and carts and bad roads to compete against, unlike the wider barges that carried heavier loads. Brindley was apprenticed to a firm of millwrights/wheelwrights that had to know water courses, but his teacher was always drunk so he copied others, and with common sense, became self taught. His first job was to drain a mine - he installed a pump powered by a waterwheel, but he needed water to power it, but he could only do that from a river from the other side because of the mine, so he now had to syphon it under the same river along a channel of 800 yards. The first canals were wanted by the Wedgewood brothers, to move their pottery products.
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Kaga simpson
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402 of 405  Fri 25th Oct 2019 11:12am  
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Thomas Goodall was the first agent to live and work in canal house top of Bishop Street.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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403 of 405  Sun 24th Nov 2019 3:56pm  
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Just re-processing some old photos and came across this from Braunston in 2007 - thought our friend Kaga might be interested in the boat on the left Thumbs up
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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404 of 405  Mon 25th Nov 2019 9:48am  
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Midland Red. Oh my! You don't know what you have found, the HOLY GRAIL of canal/coal distribution (Mcgrory didn't know either). This boat looks in excellent condition for it needs to be well over a century old, this has to be the bumper boat. Let me explain. When they found coal on Sowe Common, they needed to get it elsewhere, so they built the Oxford Canal to move it, from the farm track halfway (forget bridge name), halfway along Lentons Lane they veered southeast towards Potters Green and the pitheads and around the old cemetery. But loading the boats was a failure, so they found the solution - to avoid land ownership, shafts and such they snipped the long winding canal, put in a straight piece to Woodway Lane. At the same time they built a new loading arm called Wyken Basin - if you think of the letter Y that was its shape, only a quarter of a mile long that led off the Oxford Canal. The beginning was about 8ft wide to take one boat at a tlme, the two prongs made of bricks, with a brick wall joining the end of the prongs was now filled with water. On the left of the left prong was the loading bay, unloaded boats on the right, but they had another problem - the boats had nowhere to turn, so they came up with that bumper boat. It could edge the boats into position on their own axis (simple) so they ran a small 'bogey' tramway from the pitheads to the loading bay of conveyer belts, loaded the boat, weighed it with weighing stick, and it made its way back along the arm to the canal, then bumped an empty boat across to the loading bay. Later when trains came in they ran a rail line past the loading bay across the fields through AG Road to Hawkesbury Halt.
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Kaga simpson
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405 of 405  Mon 25th Nov 2019 9:57am  
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MIDLAND RED, I should have thanked you, a great find. For me exciting, and a probe into long ago memories. THANK YOU, THANK YOU. REGARDS, KAGA.
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