After a weekend enjoying camping with our friends and attending Stanford Hall Historic VW show in Leicestershire, we took advantage of the extra day holiday afforded to us by the May Bank Holiday to indulge our historic interest in the canals by visiting the Canal Museum at Stoke Bruerne.
Although small, it is set over two floors in a beautiful wharf building and is packed with some really impressive examples of canal art, models and a replica back cabin.
Although at first all the designs may look the same, on closer inspection the different artists styles become apparent, particularly the castle scenes and choice of colours.
An authentic replica demonstrates not only how tiny the living area is inside the cabin but also how incredibly practical, well thought out and beautifully decorated they were.
This replica of a traditional back cabin was built in the 1960's
Wouldn't fancy donning this and getting into the canal!
The regular trip boat to the tunnel entrance was doing a roaring trade
We couldn't help be drawn to the unmistakable sound of a Gardner 2LW in this lovely tug coming up the lock as we waited for historic boat Sculptor to descend them in order to turn round
Below is the dry dock weighbridge which held scales
(presently being restored in Swansea)
The water would be drained so the boat rested on the scales while
the weight was calculated.
We really enjoyed our visit and would definitely like to return especially
to one of the events held throughout the year.