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Those of you who know Richard (Ricx) also know this place which he has posted several times already.
I thought the least I could do was post my own version which I dedicate to him and his hospitality when my husband, my grandson and I visited him earlier on, this month.
He took us for a great ride on Oxford canal in his narrow boat called "Me too". You can see another POV of this lovely lock-keeper's cottage in WS 1. I chose this one as a main post, as it shows clearly the narrow lock just in front of the cottage, and the gate at the end of it. In WS3, you can see the lock with a boat in, which adds some interest, I hope.
The photo also shows Richard's favourite oak on the far right and the beautiful willow on the left.

The following lines are borrowed from Richard himself:
This little cottage was built around 1789 at a time when Oxford canal was being dug (by hand) to allow for trade from Birmingham down to the Thames and London and possibly to the British Empire.
Up to the 1920's, the cottage was occupied by the lock-keeeper who was required to open and close the gates for passing boats.
Today, it is a private residence occupied by a very friendly, hospitable person really worth visiting !
And the locks are operated by the boat-riders themselves who take great joy and exercise doing it.

WS3 Fascinating activity all day long.
WS2 The ride with the lock-keeper !
WS1 Another POV of the cottage.

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