Tuesday 24 December 2013

Old Waterway Photograph (7)

Collecting postcards, or Deltiology as it is known, is a fascinating hobby. Our recent history has to a point been documented by postcards. It's curious in a way even with all the wonderful advances in technology. It's hard to believe that the good old picture postcard is still with us and still going strong. I did a posting on collecting old photographic postcards. Which gives some simple background information about what is an interesting hobby. Click Here

This is the seventh in a series of old waterways postcards or photographs. This postcard is identified as Burslem on the Trent and Mersey. There was a spur or branch off the main canal into Burslem. The canal branch opened in 1805 and was closed by a major breach in 1961. However, a waterways restoration group are trying to reopen the branch for navigation. The Burslem Port Trust's Mission is to seek to reopen the old Burslem Branch Canal, creating new waterside facilities to deliver sustainable leisure, tourism and thus employment.

However, I think the two photographs are of the Trent and Mersey canal. The T and M is a 93 mile long canal in the East Midlands, West Midlands, and north-west of England. It is a "narrow canal" for the vast majority of its length, but at the extremities to the east of Burton upon Trent and west of Middlewich, it is a wide canal.

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