This photograph was given to me by Mr and Mrs Stavisky who live in the last house on Old Post Road, right next to the Oxbow. It is framed and hanging on their wall, and they kindly scanned it for me.
It really shows the extent of the cottages around three islands. Somehow, the gap between the second and third was filled in.
If you look carefully at the right side of the cottages, you can see the ‘cut’ of the old canal running by the side of them. Also note the channel in the bottom right corner of the photograph, where it looks like the bank of the canal formed an island.
There’s quite a cluster of cottages by the electricity pylon, which in those days was stood in water, hence the protective bollards around it.
The Oxbow Woods were not in existence, hardly a tree there at this time.
Notice how the canal embankment dam has large areas where there are no trees.
Thanks John and Anne, the photograph is a great historical record that I’m sure everyone will enjoy seeing.