629 Canal Boat battery
629 Canal Boat battery
So, this delivery came off the back of a battery collection from Bristol. Batteries are in short supply right now. Of course, as the owner of a busy online battery business, I have to get my stock from wherever I can. So, this particular collection was for a mixture of Lucas car batteries and was collected from a supplier in Bristol, close to the new Bristol City football ground.
The 629 Canal Boat battery was also collected from Bristol for delivery to a Coventry postcode. I didn’t know the exact address, so I was happy to get off the M42 and wind through some beautiful countryside to get to my destination. Surprisingly, the delivery was to a marina.
Short history about the M42 Motorway England-629 Canal Boat battery
The M42 motorway is a major road in England that runs from the M40 motorway near Oxford to the M1 motorway near Derby. It was built in the 1970s and 1980s to provide a link between the M40 and M1, and to serve the growing towns and cities in the region, including Birmingham. The motorway is approximately 50 miles (80 km) long and has four lanes in each direction. It is known for its unique shape, which is a big loop around the city of Birmingham. It is an important route for both local and long-distance traffic.
As usual, I called the owners of the delivery and made plans to meet them in the marina parking lot.
Ashby canal “Bosworth Marina”
Of course, my 629 Canal Boat battery deliveries have taken me all over the UK. visiting customer boats moored in some well-organized and tranquil settings. Bosworth Marina was no exception. Situated on the lockless Ashby Canal, of course, this canal is popular amongst novice boaters and young families.
The Ashby Canal, which included an aqueduct across the Gilwiskaw Brook, was finished in 1804. The brook travels from Ashby de la Zouch to the river Mease just east of the canal crossing, running north of the town.
Ashby-de-la-Zouch is a small market town and civil parish
Importantly, in North West Leicestershire, England, close to the Derbyshire border. The town has a rich history dating back to at least the 11th century.
The first record of the town was in the Domesday Book, a survey of England and Wales that William the Conqueror ordered to be made in 1086. At this time, the town was known as “Escebi,” meaning “ash tree settlement.” King Henry III later granted the town a market charter in 1257, allowing the town to hold a weekly market.
In the 15th and 16th centuries, Ashby-de-la-Zouch was an important market town for the wool trade. It was also a popular spa town, with visitors coming to take in the waters at the local springs.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, the town became known for its coal mining industry. The last coal mine in the town closed in the 1970s, and today the town is a popular tourist destination, with many visitors coming to see the historic market place and the remains of Ashby Castle.
As a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), the brook has been given a high level of protection due to its wildlife interest. At the moment, the Ashby Canal is being repaired.
The canal bed has been levelled and graded beyond the terminus. Of course, that is just beyond the newly built Bridge 62. Hence, a sizeable portion has been rebuilt north of Snarestone Wharf. Volunteers are hard at work constructing a footpath connection to Measham.
An added bonus was the fact that, all the way from the motorway, my journey took me to the road signs for “The Bosworth Battle Field.” Sure enough, the battle field site was close to the marina.
A short distance away in Market Bosworth
In this thriving county town in the Midlands, you’ll find food stores, a supermarket, restaurants, motels, takeout joints serving Chinese and Indian food, a pharmacy, a doctor’s office, and a dentist. Additionally, there are markets in the square every Wednesday and the last Sunday of every month. The marina is close to where the country bus parks, making transportation simple. You don’t need a car! Take the bus to Leicester, where Richard III is interred.
Bosworth Battle Field Heritage Centre- 629 Canal Boat battery
So, the first road sign was on the M42 motorway! a sign that I have seen many times on my journeys to various parts of the country. Eventually, you will arrive at the battlefield heritage site. The battle, of course, was part of the English Civil War. Unfortunately, the heritage centre was closed because of the terrible “corvid 19” restrictions that the world is witnessing at the moment.
On arrival, the 629 Canal Boat battery was successfully delivered to the happy customers, making sure we kept our social distance and wore our masks.
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