A view across the northern end of the swamp.

Sunrise: 07.22  Sunset: 04.23

Until very recently, the hill in the distance was occupied by a large and derelict sugar factory. It opened in 1925 and closed in February 2002. A combined industrial/housing estate is now being built on the site.

The Worcestershire/Staffordshire canal and the River Stour separate this new development from the marsh.

The metal pipes to the left of the image once transported water, used in the washing of the sugar beet, to the lagoon field where it rested in settling ponds; I presume the water stored in the ponds just evaporated and soaked away. The sugar factory processed the beet for a couple of months at the end of each year. There were always complaints about the horrible smell from the settling ponds.


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