It’s always nice to get a bit of new Chasewater history to share with you readers and this curious image from friend of the blog and canal historian Andy Matthews is no exception.
Believed to have been taken in the early part of last century at ‘Norton Pools’, it shows what is believed to be a group of boat operators, who are named on the back of the photo.
I wondered if you could do anything with this image, its of my great uncle I think, possibly great grandad.
Its a group of workers off the boats, taken at Norton pools. I have no other information on why it was taken but Ive included the back of the photo as well where the people are named and its dated 1929. ‘Myself’ is probably named … Foster, no idea of first name to be honest.
Underneath the penned names is some pencil writing which gives the location, looking at it again Im not convinced by the date and it could possibly date to just pre-war with the first person being my granddad.
Not a lot of help! I thought maybe families of some of the others in the pic might have more info on why, when and whatever.
It would be really great if we could firm up the detail or even cast new light on this curious photo. Thanks to Andy for a wonderful bit of history – I know Andy has been amassing lots of local canal material for years and is very knowledgable on the matter of local waterways , their traffic and industrial history.
If you can help, please do: comment here or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers all.