Sunday, 28 April 2013


Frosty, misty morning at Send.
Once you leave here and get through Worsfold Gates,

which are another set of flood gates, the river really starts to meander,

in places the bends are so tight that rollers were required to enable the horse drawn barges to negotiate them.

Remains of a Wey barge? Anyone fancy a challenging restoration project?

We stopped for the day at Dapdune Wharf, there was just space for us. It was the main centre for the building of the Wey barges. Reliance, the last barge built here, in 1932, has been restored and is now on permanent display on the old graving dock.

 The wharf buildings have a variety of displays telling the story of the navigation.

This is the old boat building shed, not exactly Harland and Wolff.
We walked up into Guildford, all the usual shopping centres with the same chain stores.

To be fair there are still some fine buildings in the town, the Guild Hall with its projecting clock is prominent on the High Street as are

the alms houses known as Abbot's Hospital, founded in 1619 by George Abbot, Archbishop of Canterbury.
They stand next door to

The Three Pigeons, now a really upmarket gastro pub. I remember it in the 1960's, when I worked in Guildford, as a real spit and sawdust boozer.

Proof that summer is on its way, a game of cricket at the local cricket club. The sound of leather on willow, our national game is alive and well.

Watch this space.........

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