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Birmingham Canal Museum Do we need one can we get one? Have a look and complete the survey to give your views. If you are organizing a UK canal or river event that you would like added to this list please let me know.

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- Wareham River Frome at Wareham
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If you are a newcomer to the subject, or this web site, you may want to start with my Introduction pages. These give an introduction to this website, the UK Waterways System, its history and to inland boating on canals or rivers.

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I am also webmaster for the following waterways sites Railway & Canal Historical Society
The Association of Nene River Clubs
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Quote of the day No 109

Sunday 21 September 2014

It was truly the high season on the river now, and the pageant of the river’s life continued to unfold. Swan-upping came round. This ancient ceremony dated back to mediaeval times when swans were a royal delicacy. Analogous to the Game Laws, an ancient law reserved all swans to the Crown but the Dyers and Vintners Companies of the City were allowed to bag themselves swans for a few days each year, with a view to providing for their Christmas feast. The operation of catching the swans was called swan-upping, and carried out under the direction of the Royal Swan Master. Of course nobody, other than bargemen and ne’er-do-wells, who called them ‘Thames Turkeys’, had eaten swans for many years. I was assured by one who had that they were rubbery, greasy and tasted of fish, but doubtless mediaeval palates were more robust than ours. However, as is the way of things in England, nobody had stopped the swan-upping, which had become a hallowed tradition. Stanley Spencer painted them one year at Cookham.

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