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Some Historical Photographs from our Archives ...
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Section 1 Heyday
Section 2 Decline
Section 3 Restoration
Section 4 Re-opening
Section 5 A New Heyday


Section 1 Heyday

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Kingswood
Kingswood Junction
Proposal 1795
( added July 2013)
 
Plan of Stratford basins, 1861 (024)
Canal maintenance gang pile driving - 1914 (077)
 
Canal maintenance gang pile driving - 1914 (075)  
Photo of Kendalls factory alongside lock 52 - 1914 (076)  


Section 2 Decline

 
The Bancroft basin about 1930, at the end of its commercial life but before conversion to pleasure gardens - c 1930 (103)  
From article on restoration (028a)  
Bancroft Basin pre-restoration - about early 1950s (124)  
Photo showing Lock 21 (Kingswood) during working days - May 1953 (039)  
Shirley Drawbridge, date unknown (016)  
Photo of the 'thick' of Lapworth 19 - May 1953 (040)
Photo of Bishopton, looking north towards the bottom of the Wilmcote flight - May 1953 (041)  
Photo of Barrel roof cottage Lowsonford - May 1953 (042)
Photo of Wootton Wawen aqueduct - May 1953 (043)  
Photo of top gate Wilmcote flight before restoration - date unknown (078)
 
Last 3 locks of the Wilmcote flight. Note lock keeper's cottage which was demolished shortly afterwards - August 1956 (121)  
Photo showing items retrieved from the Stratford upon Avon Canal at Yardley Wood - March 1957 (036)  
From article on canoe trip - May 1957 (070)  

Two canoes crossing Edstone aqueduct in March 1957. The licence issued for the leading canoe proved the navigation of the canal and resulted in the rejection in 1958 for a Warrant of Abandonment - March 1957 (101)

 
Photo of the Wilmcote flight before restoration - date unknown (095)
Featherbed Lane bridge, Wilmcote, shored up by baulks of timber - 1957 (106)  
Photo of protest cruise against closure of the canal - July 1958 (031)  
From an article on Featherbed Lane bridge Wilmcote - March 1958 (033)  
Photo of the canal at Preston Bagot - October 1958 (079)
 
The canal at Preston Bagot before restoration - October 1958 (108)  
Photo of lock 52 - July 1960 (085)  


Section 3 Restoration

 
Royal Engineers working on pound 30-31 - September 1961 (086)  
Dredging near Lapworth. An example of what was later realised to be inefficient dredging as too much mud was left in the channel. Note the mud boards on the towpath - April 1961 (127)
 
Lock 27 pre-restoration - date unknown (128)  
Photo of Lock 41 before restoration - August 1962 (080)  
Photo of derelict split bridge above lock 48 - 1962 (081)  
Photo of pound between locks 53 & 54 - 1962 (084)  
Yarningale Aqueduct - October 1962 (087)  
After clearance and the first dredging, Preston Bagot - June 1962 (111)  
Downstream approach walls of lock 48 Wilmcote flight. Note the inward lean of the walls - date unknown (102)  
Removing mud from the bottom of lock 38 - September 1962 (110)  
'Racking off' stop planks in the bottom end of lock 38 - September 1962 (114)  

Lock 41 looking north - August 1962 (117)

 
Digging out a collapsed culvert at Lock 54 - date unknown (100)  
Lock 22 - clearing the by-wash - Copy of photo from Birmingham Post and Mail (007)  
Photo of Stratford canal basin - November 1963 (023)  
Stratford (Barge) Lock looking out onto the River Avon -November 1963 (025)  
Stratford canal basin being dredged - November 1963 (026)  
Photo of dredging opposite Tyler Street Wharf - March 1963 (083)  
Rebuilding wall of lock 43 _ August 1963 (088)  
'Acrow Props' holding shuttering in place, Wilmcote flight - 1963 (105)  
From article on restoration (028b)  
Looking towards lock 40 from Canada Bridge during restoration - date unknown (119)  
Remains of old towpath bridge discovered under Banbury Road bridge - date unknown (112)  
Rubbish dredged out of lock 54 - March 1963 (115)  
Photo of Wootton Wawen canal basin - date unknown (073)  
Lock 21 under restoration (126)  
Last of the lock gates being installed during restoration - January 1964 (022)  
Widening lock 30 2 weeks before opening - 1964 (122)  
Photo of test cruise by Emscote in the pound below lock 50 - six weeks before the opening cremony - May 1964 (098)  
Lock 21, Kingswood Junction - date unknown (125)  
Laughing Water 2 - the first boat down the Stratford for 35 years - 1964 (123)  


Section 4 Re-opening

 
HM the Queen Mother passing cheering crowds on the River Avon riverside a few moments after performing the opening ceremony of The Stratford Upon Avon Canal - July 1964 (009)  
Queen Mother cutting the tape to reopen the canal, July 11th 1964 (107)  
HM Queen Mother arriving at the barge lock in Bancroft Basin for the reopening ceremony - July 1964 (113)  


Section 5 A New Heyday

 
Photo of split bridge above lock 48 (ref 81) after restoration - March 1964 (082)  
Lock 41 looking north - March 1964 (118)  
Edstone aqueduct from Stratford Upon Avon Canal Guide - 6th edition (002)  
Barrel roof cottage at Preston Bagot from Stratford Upon Avon Canal Guide - 6th edition (003)  
Kings Norton guillotine lock gate (southern end) from Stratford Upon Avon Canal Guide - 6th edition (004)  
Stratford Upon Avon Canal Society boat trip at Lock 39, 'Odd Lock' - September 1966 (010)  
Front cover of 'Cut and Trust' 5th edition - September 1967 (008)  
Lock gate at Wyckham Blackwell - Back cover of 'Cut and Trust' 5th Edition - September 1967 (011)  
Dry dock under construction at Lapworth, Lock 22 - From 'Cut and Trust' No 6 - May 1968 (013)  
Canal cottage on the Wilmcote flight, Lock 44 - From 'Cut and Trust' No 6 - May 1968 (014)
Volunteers working near Yarningale Common, from 'Cut and Trust' No 6 - May 1968 (015)  
A Unit-Loader was loaned to WRG and used by the canal society - January 1987? (074)  
Working on Wootton Wawen aqueduct (116)  

 

   


Clive Henderson, Secretary, Stratford upon Avon Canal Society,
The Bridge House, Church Lane, Lapworth, Solihull, B94 5NU
Tel: 01564 783672 or email