Following my post recently concerning some great maps sent to me by Bruce Littley, reader, friend of the blog and top local allotment whiz Steve Hames has been in touch with some great images of the path of the former Cannock Extension Canal which was pictured in the Aerofilms image in the post.
Some years ago, Steve explored the path of this lost waterway. He had this to say:
Just seen your What’s the plan? post and you mentioned the lost canal. Well a couple of years ago, I took some pictures of the remains of the canal that ran through Norton Canes. Thought you might be interested in them.
Pic1 is on the A5. You used to be able to walk up the steps and follow the old canal all the way to Betty’s Lane/Conduit Road.
Pic2 is where the M6 Toll cuts through the remains.
Pic3 is from Conduit Road. If you walk through the trees, you can walk all the way up to the M6 Toll following the same route as the canal. You can even see some of the brick work as shown in Pic5.
Pic6 is just off Chapel Street, next to the park. If you look carefully, you can see where the canal was filled in and the land has settled. The houses in the background were built on top of the old canal.
The canal then runs along side the Castlecroft estate but the way through was blocked off when I took the photos. When I was a kid, you can go through a gap in the trees and see the brick work of the canal.
Pic6-9 is down Washbrook Lane. I believe the canal was the other side of the wall, although I have no idea why.
Excuse any spelling mistakes, I’ve just got back from the allotment and I’m knackered.
My thanks to Steve for such an interesting contribution.
This long-gone canal does seem to capture the imagination of folk, there’s a great writeup too on the Captain Ahab’s Watery Tales blog, which this sits well beside. I’m interested in any memories anyone has of this canal as a working waterway, and also, of it’s decline.
What do you know, folks? Comment here, or BronhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.