Saturday, 23 June 2018

Stafford link.

I had a walk into Stafford from Tixall Wide, a good walk of four miles, all of which is along towpaths and footpaths right into Stafford town, terminating at the 24 hour Asda supermarket.

As you turn off the canal at Baswich you walk along a long gone branch that linked the Stafford and Worcester canal with Stafford town centre between 1816 and 1920. This link consisted of a basin, aqueduct into a lock down onto the river Sow.

Foot path along the River Sow
Restoration of the link is under way, so far the basin has been excavated, brick walls are being repaired and the lock house foundations  uncovered. 

Footbridge used to span the realigned river Penk

Snaps below are from The Stafford Riverway link web site

Roving bridge  entrance  to the basin from canal 

Lock cottage, pig sty in foreground.
Ordinance survey map 1880 showing link between canal and river Sow 

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