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 grew up at 43 Grove Road, Mill End,1931-1955. My much beloved father, H.P.Farr was the Watch Maker for about 40 years at 165A High Street. Dad occupied the little shop from about 1929 to circa 1969. I think the photo is wonderful.

Having just looked at the street view on Google Maps, I wonder if the shop was at number 52 and not 55. Number 52 seems to have some newer brickwork on the front where the shop door and window used to be. The shop was definitely on the right-hand side of Norfolk Road as you approached the canal wall and Nobby, my temporary playmate, lived on the other side of the road. Can anyone confirm ?

School days were OK but on Saturday morning the walk/run from Croxley Green down into Ricky was always an adventure. We would go down Scots Hill or down the track opposite the church at the bottom of the Green and come out by the cinema we called the flea pit. Then a short walk into the town. (...Read full memory)

Growing up in the Queens drive, Bury lane estate. we would all gather as children and walk down chorleywood lane and toward the common, ending up at the Chorleywood road then crossing over into Solesbridge lane. The long walk would eventually bring us to a walk through the woods to the river chess, I (...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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