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Canal sign

Posted by
Doug (Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom) on 9 August 2011 in Transportation and Portfolio.

Wandering along the canal near the bridge at Newbury and I spotted this sign from the days of horse-drawn longboats.

FUJIFILM FinePix S2750HD 1/160 second F/5.6 ISO 64 90 mm


Making an effort to return to AM3 after a bit of an absence, it's really nice to see photo's from all contributors and I will try to comment when I can. If I offer criticism I do so only to help and I do not wish to cause offence. My photography tends to be from my travels, as well as my passion which is wildlife and landscape. I hope you enjoy what you see.
Thanks for your comments I'm really grateful for them and welcome constructive feedback.

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

Nice find - I like the capital letters - what does it mean to have a horse haul across the street?

9 Aug 2011 5:24am

@kitty: In the past as longboats were often pulled along the canal by heavy horses, when they went under bridges they would need to use the crew to push off the underside of the bridge to pass under, but if they used a longer line on the horse on the bridge they would maintain enough momentum to pass through. Unfortunately this meant that the horses hooves would damage the bridge and the line would often cause damage to the top of the wall on the side of the bridge.

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

What an unusual sign ! Well seen

9 Aug 2011 5:48am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

a wonderfully surreal message from the past

9 Aug 2011 8:58am

Laurie from Prescott, United States

Great image of this old sign, Doug. I wonder how much the fine was.

9 Aug 2011 12:13pm

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

great light and shades !

9 Aug 2011 2:21pm

Visioplanet from Kolkata, India

You're lucky they still keep that... :)

9 Aug 2011 6:06pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I like the composition, light and shadow on the words ... is very poetic regardless of what it says! Excellent textures! A hug, Adela

9 Aug 2011 6:39pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Lovely find, and great it is still there.

9 Aug 2011 8:00pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

What an interesting sign and an interesting history. Great find!

10 Aug 2011 1:00am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Mr Order was a miserable old sod wasn't he ?

12 Aug 2011 7:16am

1/160 second
ISO 64
90 mm