Part of the cottage and stable probably dates back to the building of the Erewash Canal in 1779, with the addition of a second cottage and toll office sometime after the Derby Canal opened in 1795. The cottage became part of the British Waterways portfolio in1948 and was due for demolition in 1968 after BW had built a replacement bungalow to the rear. (Now our property) As the other two Erewash Canal lock cottages at White House and Stenson’s locks had recently been demolished the infant ECP&DA was concerned that the last original cottage on the Erewash Canal should not suffer the same fate. The Associations representations to the local authority opposing the Demolition Order was heard and Order was not granted. The BW response was “if you want it keeping, you look after it” and the Association has leased the cottage since then.
Okay so I have come off my soap box and will now explain our trip to Cambridge. Since our beloved Judy & Jade departed the space where the beds had been seem so empty. Yes it's nice to have a bit more room but every time I look over to that corner all I visualise is the Woofits looking up at me. We had contemplated reinstating the dinette and it was while while looking at possibilities on line that we came across the company Sit & Sleep. Liking the look of their sofa's and armed with all relevant measurements we took the 2.5 hour trip down to West Wratting. On route, and very surprisingly, a pair of Kites were circling overhead near Wellingborough on the A14. It's about 25 miles from Cambridge so further north then I expected them to be having only seen them along the Thames corridor.
|Photo taken last year along the Thames.|
Richard the designer met us and discussed what could and could not be done. More positives then negatives thank goodness as it looks like they can shave a bit off the frame so the bed will fit under the gunwhale. We went home to have a chat 'cause it certainly ain't cheap' but I'm pretty sure we will go ahead and order it.
|This futon mattress is filled with superior woolen and polyester fibers and is a dream to sit and lie on. We tested it at the store.|
|Storage box underneath on casters for bedding and pillows can be slid down the back|
|Will fit across the boat if some of the frame front and back is shaved off. It was remarkably easy to lay flat.|
|Room for pillows or bedding slid down the back. The frame actually is at an angle so fitting it under the gunwhale is not a problem.|
|Not easy to see in this photo but the frame is angled.|
|The light blue was lovely but to keep to the colour of our chairs we have decided on the dark blue.|