Since it’s a slow Sunday, some unusual images of Chasewater, and a bit of a mystery.
As I’m sure you’ll recognise the images immediately above and below this text are of the south shore of Chasewater, over the road from the Nine Foot Pool, where the steps, boat ramp and wakeboard lines are today. The bridge is the earlier incarnation, before the days of the concrete one with the corrugated steel pipes that was demolished and replaced ten years ago.
So these images, which have turned up as part of the Gerald Reece collection, are of that spot on Chasewater at very low water level. We can’t say when they were taken, but in all probability, postwar. But they were certainly before the amusement park era of this part of the lake being prettified, in the late 50s.
So what’s bugging us is this: There appear to be two coal butties rotting away in the shallows. Butties are unpowered narrowboat ‘trailers’ into which loose goods or other material were loaded, and pulled by a tug, or powered narrowboat.
Since Chasewater isn’t actually on the same level as the canal it feeds, how did these boats get here, what were they doing in the reservoir and how long were they there?
I’ve never seen these images before, has anyone any clue to their origin or date?
One last image: Found on a Tumblr site a while back, this postcard, I’d say turn of the last century from the dress. Children and adults – I think on what we would now call ‘the beach’ at the north end of the dam, looking very un-beachlike to me.
Am I correct? Is this the north end?
If so, where did the beach originate, and where are is the ballast shown here now?
Any ideas, comment here, hunt me down on social media or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.
Thanks to Gerald and David Evans for the above two images: I’m genuinely baffled by them.