Thursday, 20 May 2010

Having grown up in on the Bucks /Herts border where Berkhamsted is called Berko and Rickmansworth is called Ricky it comes as no surprise that Barnoldswick has a diminutive form.
The fast flowing stream here have not been harnessed for hydro-electricity but provided the power for the weaving industry on which Barlick grew from 2828 residents in 1851 to 6381 fifty years later. Until the Leeds-Liverpool canal arrived in the late C18 Barlick was a little off the beaten track. Inevitably steam power for weaving and transport accelerated the growth but the town still retains that small town feeling with small independent shops in every street. If you use Ham, Egg and Chips as the yardstick dish for an English restaurant, as Nigel of Autumn Venture does, then Victoria' restaurant in the town square is almost up to the standard of The Boat in Thrupp.
We are moored opposite the Silentnight factory, which is rather noisy during the day but we are hoping for a silent night tonight.

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