Rickmansworth, The Grand Junction Canal 1921

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Caption for Rickmansworth, The Grand Junction Canal 1921: An excellent example of co-operation between bargees on the busy canal network. The two central barges have been lashed together in order to bypass those moored alongside the canal bank. One horse is being led forward along the towpath, and will soon be harnessed up again, while the other waits patiently alongside the adjoining mill. One of the bargees has summoned his wife or daughter to take the tiller, while he stands on the bow ready to cast the towing line ashore.

An extract from Hertfordshire Photographic Memories.

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I used to work at Heathrow and after early shift I sometimes made my way in my mini van to the aquadrome. I would hire a metal rowing boat and row and just drift. How wonderful was that. This was around 1970. Afterwards I would walk around the lake and perhaps go to the Swiss Coffee House.

I used to enjoy a visit to Strawberry Fields. I remember you could buy a little pack of five CD singles for a £1.00. They were in a sealed bag so you got a surprise. The last CD I bought was by Mike and the Mechanics. I always enjoyed my visit.

Do you remember "Uncle Harry" he used to conduct the sing songs every saturday, during the week he was the local bill board sticker man. I can remember the song that we used to sing just before the films were to start. ............It went something like this...... "from far and wide we gather here (...Read full memory)

From the concrete slab bridge by the watercress beds to the park near Scots Hill we would wade in the river with bare feet, I was only nine years old then. The river bed was a fine golden grit that was easy to walk on. The water was always clean and clear with minnows and bullheads in abundance. We frequently (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Rickmansworth, The Grand Junction Canal 1921: An excellent example of co-operation between bargees on the busy canal network. The two central barges have been lashed together in order to bypass those moored alongside the canal bank. One horse is being led forward along the towpath, and will soon be harnessed up again, while the other waits patiently alongside the adjoining mill. One of the bargees has summoned his wife or daughter to take the tiller, while he stands on the bow ready to cast the towing line ashore.

An extract from Hertfordshire Photographic Memories.

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