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Audlem Lock No 15 Milepost
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Quote of the day No 40

Saturday 24 June 2017

Two figures appeared near the lock side as we rose. One was an elderly lady with white hair and a dignified mien. She wore a blueish habit and a white headdress and bustled towards us with her arms opened wide. My dear boys, who are you working for? We needed no introduction to gather that this was the far-famed Sister Mary Ward.

Born in Stoke Bruerne in the 1880s, she had been partially crippled as a small child and had been forced as a result to train abroad as a nurse. She had been a colleague of Edith Cavell, eventually returning to England to marry and nurse her ailing father. Sister Mary became interested in the welfare of boatpeople and virtually exhausted her small fortune in caring for and nursing them. Eventually the B.T.C. had granted her a miniscule pension and this most Christian old lady had continued to nurse and care for her chosen flock. In return, she had won the fierce and undying loyalty of boaters. Although I was to hear quaint tales of her medicinal methods later on, we never heard an ill word said against her by any boater. She was one of those straightforward characters who, with all her little foibles, could only be described as loveable. Our one and only meeting was destined to be brief. She wished to know if we were in good health and did we need any medicine. Sheepishly I asked her for some aspirin. She produced an enormous tin containing a dozen for which she refused any payment. She watched as we churned away northwards with a beatific smile on her sweet old face.

David Blagrove - Bread upon the Waters

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