Filming & TV Locations near Watford
The Bulbourne Works and Grand Junction Arms have been used as a location for films and BBC TV documentaries over the years. In the 1960s Bulbourne Works was used as a location for the film "The Bargee" which starred Eric Sykes and Harry H Corbett. The film tells the story of a Casanova of the canals who gets tricked into getting married. Both actors used the pub whilst on filming location and according to local knowledge, one evening Eric stood on the bridge directing traffic.
Other notable programs that used Bulbourne Works as a location include Call the Midwife in 2016 which recreated scenes from the 1960s using Bulbourne Works as the backdrop and various barges. An episode of Midsummer Murders (King's Crystal) also used the location for filming in 2007.
Fine Dining near the Grand Union Canal
The Grand Union Canal was commissioned under an Act of Parliament in 1793 and was completed in 1797 and officially opened in 1799. In 1848 the first buildings at Bulbourne Yard were completed.
Natural History Museum at Tring
Tring is famed for it's Natural History Museum which contains the UK's largest collection of stuffed mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. It was built in 1889 by Baron Rothschild for his son, Walter Rothschild, as a 21st birthday present. In 1937 the museum was gifted to the Natural History Museum.
Fine Dining near Tring Reservoirs
There are four reservoirs in close proximity to each other near Tring, designed to supply water to the Grand Union Canal and its two arms to Wendover and Aylesbury. The reservoirs have been a nature reserve since 1955 and in 1987 were designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). There are many rare and important bird species to be found at the reservoirs and are managed by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust and owned by the Canal and Rivers Trust.
Out of the four reservoirs, Wilstone is the largest which supplies the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal. The other three are Marsworth, Startops End and Tringford. The clear water in the reservoirs attract lots of plants, fish and insects, and large numbers of breeding, wintering and migrating birds.
Fine Dining near College Lake
Originally a chalk quarry, College Lake is situated in Buckinghamshire about 1/4 mile from the Grand Junction Arms pub. Over the years the old quarry has been transformed into what has become one of the major nature reserve and bird watching sites in the UK.
College Lake boasts a number of hides dotted around the perimeter of the lake allowing bird watchers unrestricted viewing of the many bird species that breed, winter and migrate to and from the lake.
Fine Dining near Bulbourne Works
Also known as Bulbourne Yard and situated directly opposite the Grand Junction Arms pub, the works is a historic collection of former lock gate construction workshops consisting of four Grade II Listed buildings and two buildings of historical importance including a wharf and crane. There are several bat roosts, including a maternity roost on the site.
The buildings were constructed in 1882 and were still being used to construct lock gates as recently as 2003. The workshops consist of lock gate manufacturing areas with relatively low ceilings. Modern machinery meant that the workshops became unsuitable for lock gate construction and manufacturing moved to Stanley Ferry and Bradley.
The buildings are owned by the Canal & Rivers Trust and are in varying states of dis-repair. Plans are being considered for the long-term sustainable uses for the yard. These include renovating the historic buildings, removing unsightly later additions to the site, including a 1960s office block, preserving the wharf area, creation of residential housing and parking areas.