What's in a name?

Published: Wednesday, 10 June 2020

WHILST I know that you enjoy detecting what you call Cartisms in the notices with CaRT issue daily, you might have checked a little further regarding the name of the lock at Stoke Bardolph, writes Mike Todd.

Whilst the lock is about a mile from the village of Stoke Bardolph, both the Ordnance Survey and CaRT's online map clearly name the lock as Stoke Lock with no mention of the the Bardolph bit. As a result, the Nicholson's Guide 6 also gives the name as Stoke Lock.

Become confused

Anyone trying to locate where the stoppage was might become confused if the were told that it was at Stoke Bardoph, which is some distance downstream, where there used to be a ferry running from the riverside pub.  On the other hand, Edwards ground breaking book (my copy is a 1962 edition, a later one is on our boat so inaccessible for the time being) lists the lock as Stoke Bardolph Lock.

It would be 'nice' if every CaRT notice were issued carefully and to a high editorial standard but, in the end, they are meant to be mainly about urgent matters, giving boaters the earliest possible warning of a potential disruption to their travel plans. (OK, so I know that sometimes they take a bit longer to emerge . . . !) 

With the basic warning

However, I would rather that they came out quickly, with the basic warning rather than that they had to go through layers of bureaucracy before being put on the internet. This would only delay the publication for some time, possibly days and would definitely not happen at week-ends.

In this case I think you will find that the writer of the Notice has more weight of evidence on her or his side than the other. COVID-19 is not an excuse for journalists of quality to abandon normal standards of fact checking before publication!


[Perhaps ours is an old Nicholson's, but the Nottingham, York & the North East edition clearly gives the lock as Stoke Bardolph on page 129.  Obviously this is another case of Canal & River Trust deciding to change a lock's name after 200 years, for what reason is not known, only that it obviously confuses—Editor.]