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A Twist in the Tale

Early on the morning of Monday 19th July 1880, a pair of horse boats loaded with chalk left Stoke...
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Taking photos for Canalside Property

The photograph shown above is an example of an ideal photograph. The property in this instance was...
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Eva Louise Chambers, Newport, 22 January 1897

Our canal babies story today comes from the southernmost end of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal,...
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The Coal Man and the Goat

When I posted the picture below, of a house up for auction in Lydiate, it sparked vivid memories...
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Private Stafford Hope Venton

Stafford Hope Venton was born in Taunton, Somerset, in 1892. He was the only child of William...
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Semington Lock House

From before 1891 to after 1912, the lockkeeper at Semington was Edwin Brown. Edwin was maried to...
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Lockkeepers on the Kennet and Avon Canal 1911

Recently I set myself the task of identifying all the lockkeepers on the Kennet and Avon Canal in...
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Francis Bailey at Sydney Lock

Francis Herbert Bailey was born in Wingfield, south of Bradford upon Avon, in the summer of 1869....
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