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Crescent and Falcon in the 1870’s
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This is an 1870’s view, taken from next to Bencoolen House (now Inn), showing an unextended Falcon Hotel, the last but one Falcon bridge and the lifeboat house. The stable block still stands in the corner of what is now the Crescent car park but was then a meadow. The proliferation of masts shows that the canal was a busy place but not all...

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Lifeboat Crew
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Lifeboat Crew

May 1, 2014 by

The lifeboat crew in their boat in the canal, shortly before it was withdrawn from service, 1923 Standing (l to r) G Rowe, Cox Harry Barrett, G Darch, G Johnson, C Thorn, G Abbott, H Marshall, H Bate Seated (l to r) H Batten, G Sangwin, A Jewell, G Marshall, H...

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Lifeboat Day 1910’s
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A large crowd watch water sports in the upper basin of the canal one lifeboat day in the 1910’s; on the left the lifeboat is on display outside its boat house. The swing bridge in the centre was constructed in 1906 and lasted until 1962, when it was replaced by today’s fixed...

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Lifeboat Day 1898
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A large crowd watch the activities of Lifeboat Day at the lower basin in 1898. Falcon bridge still has the old construction; the railway bridge over the river is built but it appears that the railway line has not yet reached the...

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