Just a quick heads up to a great series on YouTube by a man very familiar to local canal fans: Andy Tidy, proprietor of the Jam Butty, a boat selling preserves that will be recognised by anyone attending a local canal event.
You can subscribe here – there are already a lot of great episodes, including one on the lost Slough Arm in Brownhills (see foot of post).
Thanks to all who alerted me to this – it’s a fab thing. Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler and Dave Hodgkinson snagged me first, and I thank them. This one is particularly interesting locally as Andy dresses the question of subsidence around the Black Cock Bridge.
I think Andy’s clearly read my articles on the matter, but he does spot something we didn’t – the bricked up jacking holes in the bridge wall, and also the kink in the water pipe. Brilliant observation. I salute him for that. Superb.
While there has clearly been a lot of subsidence there, it’s not nearly as severe and the legend overstates how it works somewhat. I like that the film sidesteps that and looks at the physical evidence.
My congratulations to Andy for a lovely, beautifully produced and informative film. I commend you to subscribe.