Canal Boat - - Feature -

Canal com­pa­nies would gen­er­ally own the land that the canal was built on plus the tow­path, but where their land ended isn’t al­ways ob­vi­ous. On the tow­path side of the canal there would usu­ally be a hedge or wall, but on the off­side the bound­ary might be the wa­ter’s edge – or there might be a strip of land owned by the com­pany. And on rivers, they might not own ei­ther bank. Some com­pa­nies, there­fore, made a point of mark­ing their bound­ary with small me­tal bound­ary posts. They were a par­tic­u­lar fea­ture of the Birm­ing­ham Canal Nav­i­ga­tions but can also be seen else­where: they can be found on the Mont­gomery (which was part of the Shrop­shire Union sys­tem) and our pic­ture shows a sur­pris­ingly re­cent Bri­tish Wa­ter­ways Board one on the Calder & Heb­ble Nav­i­ga­tion.

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