Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Canal Day 3: Kidderminster to The Whittington

The day started by us having to pull another narrow boat out of a lock after it had got stuck!

This viaduct carries the Severn Valley Railway over the canal just outside Kidderminster. Anoyingly we heard a train whistle not long after we had been under it - a missed photo opertunity.

Lunchtime mooring at Weavers Wharf in kidderminster (by Tesco)

I went for a brief wander and found what I remember as the old Kidderminster swimming baths (where I learnt to swim) - now converted into apartments.

Just down the road from there is Caldwell Tower, (14th century), Kidderminster’s oldest secular building.

The Chimney and converted boiler house by the former Slingfield Mill.

St Mary's Church, Kidderminster - more about this on the return journey when we were able to visit it.

Out in the countryside now - Woverley Court lock on the Stour floodplain.

The sandstone Austcliffe Rock causes the Canal to make a large horseshoe bend.

Approaching the lock at Austcliffe.

The Whittington Horse Bridge close to where we moored for the night.

We had a pleasent but not remarkable evening meal at the Whittington Inn, near Kinver, Staffordshire (yes we are no longer in Worcestershire).

The Whittington is a Grade I listed building dating back to the 14th century. It was once the home of Sir William de Whittington, grandfather of legendary Lord Mayor of London Dick Whittington. It is also said that King Charles II took refuge in the building following the Battle of Worcester. Queen Anne also spent a night there in 1711, and the solid oak front door holds one of only two her Royal seals in the country. The house became the Whittington Inn in 1788 when Lord Stamford transferred the licence – and the pub sign – from a smaller building a few hundred yards away.

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