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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

WHALEY BRIDGE

Away from Bugsworth and just a short trip down the Whaley Brdg. arm to have a look around and visit Mr. Tesco. Moorings for visitors are very sparse with the greater part of the towpath being long term moorers only but i managed to find a spot after asking a boat who was just mooring if they would move along 15`, why do people insist on mooring in the centre of a gap and then preventing another boat mooring.


Above the basin at Whaley and it seems they were expecting me as i could hear a band and the marquee was up.

The old transhipment warehouse built 1832 and now grade 2 listed. The Cromford and High Peak railway had tracks going into the shed and below from the basin the tracks can still be seen leading to the Mill.

Punch & Judy
Old cars
and this fine Steam traction engine plus a few stalls made the short visit all the more enjoyable.

Going back to the Bugsworth blog i made a note but what with the U Tube trouble i forgot to include some stone transport costs.

23 tons of Limestone
Bugsworth to Marple Lime works (7 miles)
2/6 1/2d per ton inc transport & handling----£2-18s-5 1/2d Date 1797
13p and £2. 92 1/2p are the 2009 money approx. conversions.

Young ones in the days it was 12d(pennies) to a shilling and 20 shillings to a pound.
A pound was 240d(pennies) to a pound unlike now 100p to a pound.

Do you know folks typing this i think the decimal money is easier for the kids to get to grips with.
Remember back in 1960s half a crown in my pocket as a 12/13 yr old and i was well off.

4 comments:

Martin said...

Hi Les,
Enjoying your visit reports from the heights!
It's a ploughing engine to boot - see the cable reel under the boiler? Together with another similar engine other side of the field, the cable would pull a plough to-and-fro across the land.

Anonymous said...

This saddo can still 'translate' decimal money into Lsd! Pathetic eh? lol!
Looks like another great place you've found.
S

LES said...

Hi martin
Do youknow i didn`t even notice the cable reel and now you mention the ploughing i remember a tv prog recently using engines as you describe.

LES said...

Hi annon
good old lsd. but it was harder to learn than the present decimal although that shouldn`t be a prob for kids today as they all use calculators.

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs

NB Valerie & Steam Train by Les Biggs