Worcester & Birmingham Gear

Reader's Letters & Queries: NarrowBoat, Spring 2008

In the Historical Profile of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal (Autumn 2007 NB) you asked about the unusual paddle gear on this canal as seen in the photograph on page 12. There is a photograph, originally from the Worcester Evening News, of Stoke Prior Locks under repair in 1894 and clearly showing this type of paddle gear. In fact if you look on all the cast iron top paddles today, you can see the holes where they were bolted on.  Roger Hatchard, Worcester…

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