Whilst visiting our grandsons in the Englishe midlands this past few days we went to a local show there. It was supposed to have some vintage tractors but there was not a one. Just a solitary Fordson Major we would rank as a "classic" rather than "vintage". It didn't tturn me on!!
Anyway, the event was staged by the Foxton Locks. This is a very steep flight of locks on one of our very old canals - over 200 years old in fact. The establishemnt of such a canal network along the length and breadth of the UK was before we had any sort of decent road system. They were in the main used to transport goods and coal. Originally boats would have been pulled by horses on the towpaths, but this "power" was superceded by steam engines and then internal combustion engines. The "small" canal network largely fell into disrepair with the advent of road transport but since about the 1960s they have almost all been refurbished and are now used by leisure "boaters" - quite a thriving activity.
We were lucky enough to see one of the "narrow boats" starting its descent down the flight of locks. Here is a set of photos which I hope will convey the nature of our old canals and one particular set of locks - remember that they are OVER 200 years old!
If you're interested you can hire these boats for a week or so, or simply get day trips on them.