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Saturday 13th July 2019 Brindley Quays, Braunston, Daventry NN11 7JH

An afternoon/early evening with at least two pairs of working boats in and around Braunston Marina

Join us for an afternoon and early evening at Braunston Marina in Northamptonshire as we take advantage of a rare chance to photograph the scene with heritage working boats and crews without modern craft present


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About this event

For this somewhat unusual photographic event, we have been given permission for an afternoon and early evening session at Braunston marina. Whilst this is a busy working marina, the owners have kindly consented to the more modern boats being moved outside the marina for the day and being replaced only by authentic working boats from the 1950s and 1960s. 

We will begin at around 14.30 and go through until approximately 20.30 or just after, taking advantage of the potential afternoon and evening lighting available. We will arrange for refreshments to be available during the event from one of the local cafes. Parking is available on site at the marina. 

The two boats owned by the excellent team from the Friends of Raymond will be taking part and at least one other pair of boats will be joining them, more if the owners can be persuaded. There are bound to be one or two things in evidence that were not present sixty years ago but we will do our absolute best to position boats and crews in such a way that we create a scene in keeping with a time when working boats were the rule rather than the exception on the canals of Central England. 

Powered boat Nutfield and the unpowered boat Raymond are owned by the charity the Friends of Raymond. The Friends purchased Raymond in 1996 with the aim of preserving what was the very last wooden unpowered working boat to be built in the United Kingdom (launched in 1958) and returning it to operational condition, a goal that was achieved in 2002. Nutfield was built in 1936 and the two boats worked as a pair up until the cessation of the canal trade in the early 1970s, carrying coal from Atherstone in Warwickshire to Southall in London. The Friends purchased Nutfield from her private owners in 2003 so that the pair of boats could be reunited, and so that Raymond had a powered boat that allowed it to be taken to events around the country. The pair are brightly coloured and decorated by skilled painters whose work is synonymous with the working boats of the golden age of canals in Britain. Our crews will dress appropriately to mirror the type of clothing worn when the boats were still in revenue-earning traffic so that we can create scenes typical of our canal system up until the very early 1970s. Braunston is the location where Raymond was built nearly sixty years ago. 

We are very rarely offered chances such as this, and we hope you will wish to join us for what we hope will be a relaxed and enjoyable event with some unusual photographic opportunities!

Event requirements


  • Spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Lenses
  • Camera protection - rain covers etc

Other things you should bring

  • Snacks
  • Bottled water


  • All levels welcome


  • Low

Other essentials

  • Sturdy outdoor shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Wet weather gear

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