Beyond this bridge the landscape changes to fields as far as the eye can see. The built up area of Milton Keynes is behind us so here might be a good place to take a look back at things that escaped the blog.
In 1764 John Biggin purchased the manor house, Cosgrove village and all the land thereabouts. In 1788 he died and his son George inherited the estate and so it was George who sold land to the Grand Junction Canal Co. If you look at the map of 1880 the Yellow shows the route from the manor house to the village and beyond. The bridge is circled Red. So his Lordship saw his chance to sell the land to the canal company, get a fancy bridge built that could be seen from his house and have his private driveway avoiding the village.
On the map near the bottom the Yellow crosses the canal. This was the main street of the village. Today it is just a tunnel under the canal (picture right). I wonder in the absence of any information available did his lordship allowed the canal company to cut the village in half with just a tunnel for villagers to use, can`t see him allowing riff-raff to use his bridge.
Gullivers Land theme park alongside the canal at bridge 81b. I took a picture......
The electric buses were superb in MK. They are on a 5 year trial and are a pleasure to travel on with less noise and the same speed as the diesel versions.
Inductive charging at each end of the 15 mile route means they can run without having to return to the bus depot.
This new shell was moored behind us at Fenny. It has no engine and was seen by a friend heading south being poled along. I wonder what it`s future is. Will it be for commercial use or fitted out for a liveaboard with front covers. Perhaps along the lines that Jo and Keith have created in Hadar.
Picture from Hadar blog.