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Author Topic: Where were Finn and I today, 20th November 2019?  (Read 641 times)
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« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2019, 11:28:04 pm »

Know it well but didn't recognise it. In fact it's about time I visited my aunt, who lives not far from there...

Nice old Landy in the photo though!
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« Reply #16 on: November 20, 2019, 11:41:54 pm »

You may (all) know this already, but I would recommend a walk along the old Combe Hay flight of locks on the Somersetshire Coal Canal. As a wizened old waterway hack there are not many places that have surprised me... but that was one. There's a remarkable amount surviving for a canal that hasn't been navigable since c. 1900.

I've seen numerous pictures of the Combe Hay flight. And I've read a fair bit about the history of the Somersetshire Coal Canal and the Somerset coal field for which it was built to serve. I've always had an interest in 'lost' transport routes, be they water or rail, and industrial heritage and archaeology.

I'll put Combe Hay on the bucket list. Probably one for a dry late spring/early summer day next year. Finn can chase the rabbits while I photograph the lock remains. Wink
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« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2019, 11:51:35 pm »

... I would recommend a walk along the old Combe Hay flight of locks on the Somersetshire Coal Canal.

I was there during a day out along the Limestone Link walk and I agree, its quite remarkable.  The Somersetshire Coal Canal Society Facebook page had some drone footage taken of it by one of the members a while back but even that doesn't full convey the scale of the flight.
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« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2019, 12:00:55 am »

Nice old Landy in the photo though!

Well spotted. Better than the Landy though was what was parked outside Station Garage up in the village by the (closed) pub. A Triumph Stag. Another bucket list item for me - to own a Stag.

I had a brief chat with the mechanic working on the Stag. Belonged to a friend of his. He was fixing some minor issues and getting it prepared for sale. Sadly the asking price was about 18,000 beyond what I could realistically scrape together.

My offer of 500 was politely declined. I was allowed to have a look around it though. Light was fading so I didn't take any pictures. Plus, it was brown. Not the colour I want when I do finally get my own.
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« Reply #19 on: November 21, 2019, 12:26:55 am »

Nice old Landy in the photo though!

Well spotted. Better than the Landy though was what was parked outside Station Garage up in the village by the (closed) pub. A Triumph Stag. Another bucket list item for me - to own a Stag.

I had a brief chat with the mechanic working on the Stag. Belonged to a friend of his. He was fixing some minor issues and getting it prepared for sale. Sadly the asking price was about 18,000 beyond what I could realistically scrape together.

My offer of 500 was politely declined. I was allowed to have a look around it though. Light was fading so I didn't take any pictures. Plus, it was brown. Not the colour I want when I do finally get my own.

Always thought they were lovely to look at but weren't they a bit notoriously prone to overheating?  Talking Pictures TV are re running the late 1970s detective series Hazel (co written by Terry Venables) and his motor was a Stag. Good theme tune too, written by Andy Mackay of Roxy Music fame.
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« Reply #20 on: November 21, 2019, 01:11:06 am »

The overheating issue with Stags is well known. This though is, in the main, an historical issue. As the Stag has become rarer and more desirable, those that remain roadworthy are well maintained and have had modifications to address that overheating.

In the past modifications meant shoehorning in a different engine. But these days the original Triumph V8 can give you trouble free motoring with a larger radiator, synthetic oil, better hoses and belts, and quality coolant.

When (not if..) I buy mine I'll be wanting the original V8 with the necessary modifications to allow frequent driving pleasure.

Can there be any better motoring than cruising along an A road, roof off, wearing string back gloves and RayBan Aviators, listening to that 3 litre V8 soundtrack in a Triumph Stag? That's one of my bucket list dreams.

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« Reply #21 on: November 21, 2019, 08:17:21 am »

Nice old Landy in the photo though!

Well spotted. Better than the Landy though was what was parked outside Station Garage up in the village by the (closed) pub.
The Hop Pole? I can't recall a garage there or see it as a likely spot for one. And it's not that near the station, so I conclude you're talking about another ex-pub which I can't remember/may never have known.

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« Reply #22 on: November 21, 2019, 09:06:19 am »

Station Garage is opposite The Hop Pole.

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« Reply #23 on: November 21, 2019, 09:42:14 am »

Opposite? Well that explains it; I've always been looking in the other direction.  Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: November 21, 2019, 11:48:17 am »

You may (all) know this already, but I would recommend a walk along the old Combe Hay flight of locks on the Somersetshire Coal Canal. As a wizened old waterway hack there are not many places that have surprised me... but that was one. There's a remarkable amount surviving for a canal that hasn't been navigable since c. 1900.

I've seen numerous pictures of the Combe Hay flight. And I've read a fair bit about the history of the Somersetshire Coal Canal and the Somerset coal field for which it was built to serve. I've always had an interest in 'lost' transport routes, be they water or rail, and industrial heritage and archaeology.

I'll put Combe Hay on the bucket list. Probably one for a dry late spring/early summer day next year. Finn can chase the rabbits while I photograph the lock remains. Wink

I think it was somewhere at or near Combe Hay that Robert Weldon tried his caisson lock - the canal equivalent of Brunel's atmospheric idea, and definitely one where you would say to the inventor "you test it, we'll watch". As far as I know, the site of the experiment has never definitively been identified.
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« Reply #25 on: November 21, 2019, 11:54:20 am »


Open to the navel big collared shirt, hairy chest, medallion, and smelling of Hai Karate, are of course optional.

You can still get Hai Karate and wouldn't a Coffee Shop medallion look just grand?  Grin
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« Reply #26 on: November 21, 2019, 12:32:25 pm »

Some information on its possible location from these links

http://rtjstevens.co.uk/caisloc2a.html

https://www.coalcanal.org/features/Caisson/Caisson.php
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« Reply #27 on: November 21, 2019, 01:53:41 pm »



I can remember, a few years back, that SCC Society members had a few trial digs to find the site of the elusive Caisson lock around the Combe Hay flight.
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