Firstly some information from feed back I have received.
It was suggest that the iron paddle posts were not original South Stratford lock furniture but were actually borrowed from the Monmouth and Brecon Canal when the South Stratford was restored and were use to replace missing wooden posts possibly like these on the North Stratford canal.
I think last nights rain must have encouraged an angler in one of the upper pounds to pack up quickly and go home as these were left in the bank.
As I entered lock 7 this little chap sat on the lock handrail to watch my progress, he didn't comment on my steering abilities which was nice of him.
On our we we made a brief stop at bridge 20 to visit Wedges bakery for some cakes and things.