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Caption for Saxilby, Foss Dyke C1965: This is the Roman canal from the Brayford Pool in Lincoln to the river Trent at Torksey, and it is the oldest canal in England. The Lincoln Co-op (centre left) is no longer located here, but in a more modern store at the other end of the village. There are very few shops along the canal side now. However, there are a couple of pubs still in business, the Ship with the sailing ship pub sign and the Sun with a mounting block outside (centre). Boats still tie up alongside, and the pubs do a good trade during the summer months. During the mid 1980s a foot bridge was built beside the other bridge - no doubt a useful and convenient addition.

An extract from Lincolnshire Living Memories.

Memories of Saxilby

Until the current concrete flood walls and steel piles that line the banks of the Fossdyke Canal were installed in the mid-1960s, this area of the village regularly flooded during the autumn and winter months. Lots of fishermen from Sheffield would arrive by train during the season to take part in (...Read full memory)

My mother and her family, the Petits, were evacuees from Guernsey during World War 2. They were housed in Coates by Stow and then Saxilby. They attended Stow School. There were 8 children, Cyril, Donald,Olive, Mavis, Monica, Audrey, John and Mary. My mother, Monica, informs me that they were involved in putting on (...Read full memory)

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