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Wednesday, June 24, 2009


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.


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.

Les Biggs 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 Biggs 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