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Swan and Boat Race

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A swan racing with a house-boat on the River Lee near St Margaret's in Hertfordshire. Infact the swans swim alongside the barges in the hope of a tit-bit being thrown to them. 

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A: Narrow Boat Lock, St Margrets Lock, Hertfordshire

by Mark Schuster, 50 meters away

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B: Great Amwell House, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire

by Mark Schuster, 1.2 km away

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C: Rye House Broxbourn Hertfordshire

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D: St Mary the Virgin - Ware - Hertfordshire

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E: Malter Statue at Ware Hertfordshire

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F: Lock Keepers Cottage

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G: Lock Keepers Cottage

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H: Folly Island Weir in Hertford

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I: Narrow Boat "Anjuna" on the River Lee, England

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J: Old Barge Pub

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