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How reliable and useful is the evidence about Stoke Bruerne?

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By Toni Bull 10APHT How reliable and useful is the evidence about Stoke Bruerne? We have many useful and reliable sources in which we can get evidence from. 3 of these are: - * The peach coloured booklet called "the Canal at Stoke Bruerne. David Blagrove wrote this. It was first printed in 1971, and then re-printed in January 1999. It was written and put together by the museum at Stoke Bruerne to inform people of the changes that happened there and for them to read on their way round. It is useful and reliable as the museum has all the original letters and so on that are dated and that to use to help them put it together. It does agree with the sources in the museum as we saw the sources first hand when we went there on the 29th September. It would be useful to a historian as they have all the information in one place and would not have to look in many different places for the evidence, and if they wanted could visit the museum and double check the sources agree with each other. ...read more.

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However when the land was sold off separately it fell into disrepair and eventually fell down. The only reference I could find to this was in the red booklet called "A study of the grand Junction canal." This is what it said, "A narrowing is the site of Rectory Bridge, removed when the ownership of the land changed." Can this piece of evidence be believed either? Stoke Bruerne had to change as a result of the defeat with the railways, otherwise it would have lost a lot of money in a short amount of time, as with Leighton Buzzard. However because of the railway coming in nearby Leighton Buzzard did not change that drastically as it could still transport goods with ease. However this was not the case with Stoke Bruerne and it needed to think of other ways to use the canal. It was obvious that leisure was a good suggestion. The two pubs would make a nice earning and one could just stay for the village people. The restaurant would be good also for families to stop off moor their boat to eat and maybe look round the museum. ...read more.

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Jobs also became more modernised, like shoe makers, teachers, shop workers. This was because the jobs available were increasing, because the canals were not able to transport new, heavier materials as efficiently, and so the village became more popular for living in, resulting in the need for new jobs to be created to help the new families have a fairly good way of life. There is also a picture under the Canal Company Minutes extracts in the Red Booklet called "A Study of the grand Junction Canal". This has a piece of writing under it saying, "Former Double Bridge and entrance to double lock, Stoke Bruerne, 1907." This fits in with the fact that the Double lock closed in the late 1800's to help economise water. This photo was obviously taken after it was filled in, this would have been a lot later than when it was closed, as it would have taken a lot of time, and people to fill in the lock. It's obvious that even through the closure of many businesses and the loss of many barges going through it a day once it had lost the battle with the railways, that Stoke Bruerne managed to come through with its head held high still bringing in the business and being proud to show off about its tough history. ...read more.

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