Just one thing after another, after sitting out the gale on Friday we started moving yesterday. The canal is full of the debris from the storms, if it wasn't leaves and twigs round the prop it was great heaps of branches etc. round the front end.
A bit further on we approached Huddlesford Junction where the Wyrley and Essington originally joined the northern B.C.N. to the Coventry, dropping down from the Black Country through thirty locks. It was abandoned in 1954. Restoration is currently underway but there is a long way to go.
The third was, of course, Fradley where we stopped for water and some more brilliant pictures were taken of The Mucky Duck and that little swing bridge across the end of the Coventry. They were part of the ten.
We stopped just past Kings Bromley Wharf and it was then, when I downloaded the camera card to the computer that I discovered, or rather I didn't, the missing ten piccies. I also found that there was no signal for the dongle so I couldn't even post what I did have. Oh gosh, altogether annoying.
This morning, after a splendid fried breakfast, we set off through Armitage. One has to take the obligatory picture of Armitage Shanks canalside works.
The three men had by this time fled the scene but were eventually arrested and tried for the murder. All three were found guilty, Owen and Thomas were condemned to death and publicly hanged at Stafford Gaol, for some reason Ellis was reprieved and sentenced to transportation. The lad, Isaac Mann was not charged. For the full story click here.
Further to tie in with the story,
Moored on Tixall Wide. Probably the loveliest mooring on the system at this time of year. Not so good in summer when you are lucky to find a spot.
Incidentally, the card in the camera just fell to pieces so I'm falling back on the Nikon Coolpix I bought in Teneriffe.
Watch this space.........