Love that rural scene, Sat. Especially the well (at least that's what I think it is).
That's a gate... a lychgate - a gate covered with a roof. They're quite common in England, especially in rural churches.
Here's another picture of England with no people.
I actually thought it would be bustling, as I went to the canal on a sunny Bank Holiday, when the crowds are out and about, when the canal boat holiday season has just begun, and English people love to go messing about on the water... but they clearly went somewhere else!
This is the start of the Northampton Arm - 17 locks in a four mile stretch, linking the Grand Union Canal to the River Nene, thus creating a route from the canals in the Midlands to the North Sea.