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Speaking to Dora Hancock in August 2015
Kathleen Bird was born in Southwell, Nottinghamshire but moved to Lichfield as a baby where she spent her childhood living in Saint Johns Street. Kathleen attended Saint Joseph's School in Chapel Lane and Central School in Frog Lane. In 1940 Kathleen married Arthur Bird and they had three children Susan, Richard and Ian. Kathleen still lives in Lichfield and together with her son Ian takes an very active interest in the work of the Trust. They are both members of the Trust and frequent visitors to the Tamworth Road site. Kathleen will be 97 in September 2015 and we believe is our oldest member.
On growing up by the canal
At school with the barge children
Present day uses for the canal
A busy time on the canal
On the closure of the canal
On the restoration project
Lichfield Canal at Sandfields in 1926
Kathleen Bird by Pound 26 in 2015. Photo Christine Howles
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I remember the humpback bridge halfway up Shortbutts Lane and as a kid walking along there in the Late 50s early 60s. Until I was 5 we lived in the old Stowe Street then we moved to Whittington. We used to play on the canals as kids but I dont remember any boats. I always remember the humpback bridges down Cappers lane and down Darnford lane. Late 50s early 60s.
If you remember the canal before it was abandoned or were involved in the early days of restoration and would be willing to be interviewed we would love to hear from you. Please contact me, Dora, at email@example.com
Speaking to Paul Marshall in January 2018
The early days of the Trust
John and Jan Horton have been key members the Trust since just after it was founded in 1988. In these recordings John recalls the early days and tells how he came to be involved, and of his role in the M6 Toll Aqueduct project.
Jan recalls the vital assistance given by Sir John Smith of the Manifold Trust, and how she found out who owned the land at Fosseway.
The enquiry into the BNRR and the Aqueduct
Fund-raising for the Aqueduct
Acquiring the land at Fosseway and starting on Lock 18