Saturday, January 29, 2011
Oxford to Market Harborough by canal in 1950
The person who posted this priceless video on Youtube speculates that this journey was made to reach the National Festival and Rally of Boats held at Market Harborough held at 1950. That must surely be right: I can't imagine why else the canal basin here would be so full of boats in this era.
Enjoy colour footage of the old railway swing bridge over the canal at Oxford and then the canal through city, with the campanile of St Barnabas easily recognisable. Then it is on to some some broad locks that must be on the Grand Union somewhere around Braunston, though I don't recognise the precise locations. This part of the film is then repeated.
After that it is on to Watford locks, Foxton locks and the canal basin here in Market Harborough.