Saturday, January 19, 2013

Ice skating on the K&A Canal

This picture from the archives was taken on the Kennet & Avon Canal on the Devizes Flight — below Prison Bridge, above Caen Hill... can anyone put a date to it? Below is a picture taken from the same spot during yesterday's snow storm.

Devizes Flight on the K&A Canal  above Caen Hill: Picture by Bob Naylor©

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  1. Can remember skating on this pound in the late 1950s/early 1960s. Throwing a brick on the ice and listening for the tone the ice made was a tried and tested way of discovering whether the ice was thick enough to risk setting foot on it. I was usually then sent out to test it first, being the smallest. Clad in a pair of Victorian ice skates bought at a jumble sale for 1d (one old penny) I would spend hours making circuits of the pound but never too near the bridge as the ice became thin as you approached it and melted to water under the bridge. Skating after dark by the light of the streetlamps was magical. Happy Days!

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