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Canals - Staffs & Worcs

Steve Stamford | Canal boat line up

Canal boat line up

All lined up and ready to go this is a small selection of the hire boats at Great Haywood junction, Staffordshire.
Steve Stamford | Tixall Gatehouse portrait

Tixall Gatehouse portrait

This rather splendid gatehouse was built in 1580 to as part of the Tixall Hall estate and is all that remains - the hall itself was demolished in 1927. The gatehouse is a Grade 1 listed building, now in the care of the Landmark Trust and is available as a holiday hire, sleeping up to 6 people in style.
Steve Stamford | Tixall Gatehouse landscape

Tixall Gatehouse landscape

This rather splendid gatehouse was built in 1580 to as part of the Tixall Hall estate and is all that remains - the hall itself was demolished in 1927. The gatehouse is a Grade 1 listed building, now in the care of the Landmark Trust and is available as a holiday hire, sleeping up to 6 people in style.
Steve Stamford | Gailey Lock portrait

Gailey Lock portrait

On the Staffordshire and Worcester canal lies this rather attractive round tower that served as the toll keeper's cottage. There is a boatyard adjacent to the lock and during the summer months this is a very busy part of the UK canal network
Steve Stamford | Gailey Lock landscape

Gailey Lock landscape

On the Staffordshire and Worcester canal lies this rather attractive round tower that served as the toll keeper's cottage. There is a boatyard adjacent to the lock and during the summer months this is a very busy part of the UK canal network.
Steve Stamford | Bratch Locks toll house

Bratch Locks toll house

Bratch Locks are on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal and this is the toll house that is situated between the top and middle locks
Steve Stamford | Bratch Locks portrait

Bratch Locks portrait

Bratch Locks are on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal and look at first glance to be staircase locks. In reality there is what must surely be one of the shortest pounds (gaps between locks) ever built - each is separated by just a few feet with connection side channels to help conserve water.
Steve Stamford | Bratch Locks high 1

Bratch Locks high 1

Bratch Locks are on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal. Looking closely shows the tops of the paddle gear colour coded red and blue - this is to help boaters operate the lock paddles in the right order.
Steve Stamford | Bratch Locks wide angle

Bratch Locks wide angle

Bratch Locks are on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal. Looking closely shows the tops of the paddle gear colour coded red and blue - this is to help boaters operate the lock paddles in the right order.
Steve Stamford | Swivel Bridge landscape

Swivel Bridge landscape

Despite the name Swivel Bridge (bridge 108) is not in fact a swivel bridge, I am not sure if it ever was, but now it is the traditional accommodation bridge you see here.
Steve Stamford | Resting at Tixall

Resting at Tixall

Tixall Wide is a popular place for narrowboats on the Staffordshire and Worcester canal.
Steve Stamford | Narrowboat at rest

Narrowboat at rest

These boats are moored on the Staffordshire and Worcester canal, normally just called the Staffs and Worcs. This peaceful location is disturbed only by passing boats and walkers.
Steve Stamford | Swivel Bridge portrait

Swivel Bridge portrait

Despite the name Swivel Bridge (bridge 108) is not in fact a swivel bridge, I am not sure if it ever was, but now it is the traditional accommodation bridge you see here.
Steve Stamford | Canal mooring 1

Canal mooring 1

Just at the beginning of the Staffordshire and Worcester canal are these on line moorings where other than passing boaters and walkers peace and tranquillity
Steve Stamford | Canal mooring 2

Canal mooring 2

Just at the beginning of the Staffordshire and Worcester canal are these on line moorings where other than passing boaters and walkers peace and tranquillity.
Steve Stamford | Bratch Locks landscape

Bratch Locks landscape

Bratch Locks are on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal and look at first glance to be staircase locks. In reality there is what must surely be one of the shortest pounds (gaps between locks) ever built - each is separated by just a few feet with connection side channels to help conserve water.
Steve Stamford | Narrowboat at bridge 85

Narrowboat at bridge 85

A narrowboat passing through bridge 85, Princefield Bridge on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal.
Steve Stamford | Bridge 99 Meadow Bridge

Bridge 99 Meadow Bridge

The Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal despite being built as cheaply as possible didn't seem to mind spending money on its bridges. The rusty metal plate bottom left is a later addition to protect it from less skilled boaters who have a tendency to hit it.
Steve Stamford | Filance lock

Filance lock

Filance lock is just one of many on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal. Most of the locks on this canal are around 10ft deep, an attempt the reduce costs by using fewer but bigger locks.
Steve Stamford | Tixall lock house

Tixall lock house

Like the vast majority of canal side accommodation this one on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal would at one time been for canal staff. And like the vast majority it was long ago sold to private owners.
Steve Stamford | Busy day at the lock

Busy day at the lock

Whenever a boat approaches a lock it and its crew immediately become the day's entertainment. These watchers are known to canal folk as gongoozlers - or goozlers for short. No harm is meant by this and by far and away the majority of boaters are happy to explain to them how it all works and accept a push on the balance beams.
Steve Stamford | Tixall lock

Tixall lock

An early morning photograph taken before the sun decided to join in at Tixall Lock on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal before any boats have moved to disturb the water. Two narrowboats, one slightly more loved than the other are moored offside.
Steve Stamford | Moored and waiting

Moored and waiting

Basking in the mid day sun a narrowboat is moored on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal with Swivel Bridge in the background.
Steve Stamford | Tixall wide aerial

Tixall wide aerial

Tixall Wide or as it sometimes known Tixall Broad can be found on the Staffordshire and Worcester canal. It is as far as I know the only place full length narrowboat can do complete 360 turn. Dating back to the 1770s it was either a lake that the canal conveniently used or was dug at the insistence of the land owner at the time who granted permission to go through his land provided the canal looked like a lake from his mansion. Take your pick which version you wish to believe. I hold a CAA Permit for Commercial Operation to fly and sell work from my drone.