Well, I have just returned from taking my bearded one for his early morning ramble and we have been all around this extra ordinary place and I have to tell you, I am so pleased to be here. There is room for many long kennels and lots of walks but it is not crowded at the moment. I met four new friends, all black and two of them were wet, they were from the Labrador tribe. I don’t personally like swimming.
Bugsworth basin was completed in 1796, this was the time of the industrial revolution, over 1500 dog years ago.
An exciting time, factories and building sites were demanding more and more raw material. Canals allowed safe transport on a massive scale and this was a monumental exercise. They used very large long kennels called boats or barges.
In 1806 alone, workers filled over 2000 of these boats with limestone in this basin. If they were all lined up it would take me 6 hours to walk past them all! There was a tram rail system from the quarries nearby that brought the tons of raw material to the basin for loading. In those days horses pulled the boats at four mph. Typically, it would take 10 hours to reach Manchester (20 minutes in a modern short kennel) because the crews would negotiate 34 locks on the way. Interestingly, because boats were loading, travelling or offloading continuously time was not necessarily critical, there being a continuous supply. This is the unique quality of Canal transport of heavy non perishable stuff, producing in effect a warehousing system as well.
I am sorry this is just boring history today but I haven’t done much but sleep so I thought this would be better than recalling my dreams. My photo shows our route map we are at the top. The other photo shows us in our mooring which is where the barges were loaded with limestone.
Love Douglas x