Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Stourport on Severn

 

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Stourport appears to have an interesting canal history.  It didn’t exist prior to the creation of the canal and I recall reading somewhere that the original route of the canal was to terminate further upstream on the River Severn.  There appear to be two different reasons for the change in location.  One is the citizens of the proposed terminal didn’t want a dirty canal in their town.  The other is the geography at the proposed location was found to be unsuitable.  It’s interesting to see how the canal “made” Stourport.  There are both wide and narrow locks from the river into the basin, however the canal is narrow.  It seems logical that wide beam vessels were used to convey produce from the basin down onto the Severn and then onwards to locations like Gloucester and Bristol whilst the narrow canal would have carried produce from the likes of the potteries.

The Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal was one of the first to be constructed pre-dating the opening of the BCN by approximately 4 months.  It’s a James Brindley designed contour canal.

We were on a hire boat the last time we reached Stourport and our visit was only long enough to fill the water tank before moving on.  This time we have an opportunity for a look around!  However, before writing more about Stourport you may recall I mentioned the River Severn being a mill pond in the last post.  I’ve found the phone photo.

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The Severn looks very placid, but note the height of the support pole for the floating lock landing. The river level can obviously rise!

Access to Stourport Basin from the river is via two double locks or two sets of paired narrow locks.  We went up the narrow locks and were fortunate to have the assistance of a volunteer lock keeper who was very pleased to see us having not seen a boat the entire morning.

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IMG_8235 Last lock to enter the basin

There are actually three connected basins.  The narrow locks lead to one and the wide locks to a second.  A third smaller basin is connected to the wide basin.  I’ll use the Waterway Routes map to explain.

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The small third basin is at the right.  I didn’t remember this basin from our previous trip.  It’s now almost completely surrounded by modern residential apartments and when I noticed the date on the complex walls I realised the area had been redeveloped since our last visit.

IMG_8245  2011.  We were last here in 2007!

The basin is rather attractive with serviced floating finger moorings.

IMG_8240 But no moored boats??????????

By contrast the narrow and wide basins are full of moored boats.

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It must have been our lucky day because we managed to get the mooring adjacent to the CRT services block.

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I managed to get the last top coat onto the satellite dome mounting points before the boater behind us started to sand his gunwales.

Across the way is a large white building named “The Wharf”.  The VLK informed Jan this was the oldest original building in the basin.

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Apparently it once housed a foundry. 

I managed to go for a walk around the town in the late afternoon sun.  The old town is to the north of the basins with a large Tesco to the south.  It’s interesting to read that by 1959 British Waterways had decided to close the canal and this link would have disappeared except for the efforts of a dedicated group of enthusiasts who created the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Society.  They were able to reopen the canal for cruising by 1968.

2 comments :

Martin Strawbridge said...

Lost your page for a couple of days ? What happened ?

Tom and Jan said...

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