Nostalgia: Steptoe & Son star visits LBO land

The Stoke Road railway bridge comes down
The Stoke Road railway bridge comes down

There was something very familiar about the bargee in the black trousers, t-shirt and donkey jacket at The Three Locks in Soulbury, the LBO reported on September 24, 1963.

Had he been sitting on “the cart” behind his horse “Hercules” he would have been easily recognisable as Harry S Corbett (Harold of Steptoe & Son fame).

The Three Locks was used to shoot a scene for the new British Film Corporation Film, ‘The Bargee’ in which Harry S Corbett was playing the title role.

Also with him on the set were Eric Sykes, Ronnie Barker and Jo Rowbottom, who also starred in the movie

> Two areas of woodland, totalling more than 16 acres and belonging to the Air Ministry, were sold at auction for £35,000.

The sites were adjoining The Heath and at Oxendon, but it was a mystery who had bought the land following the auction at The Swan Hotel.

The bidder – Mr D. Ward from Tring – would not reveal the name of his client, but said the intention was to develop residential schemes sensitive to the “exceptionally beautiful sites”.

> Pictured: The Stoke Road bridge is demolished by a series of explosions to allow for electrication of the railway line.