River Witham: Scenes from the Waterside

26 September 2012 // Scenes from the Waterside

Illustration by Jonathan Gibbs. by Neil Sentance 1957: The Wharf The Witham is navigable only in its lower reaches, from Brayford Pool at Lincoln to the Haven at Boston, where it flows into the Wash. The Romans used the river to transport goods in bulk and built the Foss Dyke Navigation to link the Witham […]

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River Witham: Scenes from the Waterside

28 March 2012 // Scenes from the Waterside

Illustration by Jonathan Gibbs by Neil Sentance 1934: Remembering A 1940s ECKO radio now sits in the front room of our house. I salvaged it years ago after it had long gathered dust in Grandad’s workshop, left there among worm-eaten woodplanes and blunt-toothed saws for a decade or so after the valve had blown. When […]

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River Witham: Scenes from the Waterside

7 March 2012 // Scenes from the Waterside

illustration by Jonathan Gibbs by Neil Sentance 1985: Viking Ramblers I recently found a bleached colour photograph of Bob and Joe in an old glue-stuck album. It’s from the early 1970s. They have cigarettes on the go, Players Navy Cut most likely, and are standing by a blue Ford in fading sunlight. As they blink […]

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River Witham: Scenes from the Waterside

5 October 2011 // Scenes from the Waterside

illustration by Jonathan Gibbs By Neil Sentance. 1949: Bonfire Dad said the best night of the year was 5th November, Bonfire Night. He would build up the bonfire for weeks before on the river bank, piling up kindling and windfall branches from the park, adding old Victorian washstands stripped of their marble tops and huge […]

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River Witham: Scenes from the Waterside

16 August 2011 // Scenes from the Waterside

illustration by Jonathan Gibbs By Neil Sentance. 1955: River Cycling and other ‘Stunts’ After the war all the riverside houses had long gardens and people tended vegetable plots that reached to the banks. When they needed water they would use a stirrup pump with a long hose pipe and draw from the river into the […]

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