Devizes Bathing Place, Kennet and Avon
The idea of a bathing place in the canal for the youth of Devizes first cropped up in 1870. A particular supporter of the scheme…
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George Hawkins – Drowning or Suicide?
George Hawkins was born in Melksham and married Elizabeth Ada Douse in 1872. They had eight children, five boys and three girls. From the 1870s…
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Sarah Gerrish, cake seller, drowned near Semington in 1862
Sarah Gerrish was born in Clonmel, Tipperary, Ireland, in about 1807. Her father may have been serving or training at the British barracks in Clonmel,…
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Four Young Men drowned near All Cannings
On Sunday the 27th of December 1846 at about 6 o'clock five strapping young men left All Cannings on a walk to Stanton St Bernard,…
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Calder and Hebble Navigation
By the beginning of the 18th century, the Aire and Calder Navigation had made the River Calder navigable as far upstream as Wakefield. The aim…
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Canalside House Prices by Local Authority Area
I thought it would be interesting to examine average house prices across England and consider how these affect the prices of canalside properties. This table…
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Murder on the Llangollen Canal
I recently researched the story of Thomas Newbrook of Whixall, who attempted to drown himself in the Llangollen Canal near Platt Lane on 10th June…
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Wyrley and Essington Canal
The Wyrley and Essington Canal is nicknamed the Curly Wyrley, at it was built entirely on the level, following the contoyrs of the land. This…
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Aire and Calder Navigation
The Aire and Calder Navigation was conceived as an improvement to navigation on the River Aire (from the River Ouse at Airmyn via Castleford to…
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