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Bletchley photos!

During the late ’40s and early ’50s I spent many happy hours down by the side of The Grand Union canal. In those days it was used a lot for carrying goods from both London and Birmingham, travelling through beautiful countryside or industrial towns so there was a lot of narrow boats going through, ‘very little heavy traffic on the roads then’. The narrow boat owners used to throw us the lock key to open up the paddles on the lock, letting hundreds of gallons of water through, either lifting the boat to another level or dropping it down, depending on which way they were travelling.

Looking through the BCH archive recently I found these three photographs of The Grand Union. Two of the photos are almost similar, however, look closely you will see they were taken many years apart! The third photograph brings us almost back to how the canal is today, with holiday makers and boat owners who use the canal for both residential and pleasure purposes. (To get a larger look at the photos just click on the image.)

Top two photographs  looking towards the old A5; the bottom photograph showing Fenny Stratford lock.

Top two photographs looking towards the old A5; the bottom photograph showing Fenny Stratford lock.

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