On a miserable night weather-wise, we had a great turn-out of 40 at the Central Methodist
Church in Aldergate, Tamworth, for our Canal Heritage Talk. Guest speaker Christopher
Jones - a great great grandson of famed canal operator Samuel Barlow - captivated
his audience with an inter-active talk on canal life and history, with lots of references
to Tamworth. As Chris said, Tamworth should be far more recognised as an important
canal centre, with two canals passing though it, and such a rich history of activity
revolving around those canals.
Chris kept his audience engaged not only with his knowledge and enthusiasm, but by
passing round a steady stream of pictures and documents and artefacts for people
to look at, identify and question. His most prized item being a family diary of
canal activity - which is a most rare item and record of working life on the canals
over a century ago.
Chris is Chairman of the Friends of Raymond narrow boat charity, and TDCS presented
him with a donation for that good cause in appreciation of his talk.
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Chris explained the different traditions and techniques of canal artwork, as shown
on this artefact.
Photos by S. Biggs
Tamworth Lions Club foundation
Charter of 1976
TDCS Chairman David Biggs with Chris and some of the canal memorabilia he brought along.
Christopher Jones had a large and rapt audience of TDCS members and guests.