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    The subject of one of last week’s posts: Europe’s largest mobile crane being used to lift a new bridge structure into position across the River Stour and the Worcester and Staffordshire Canal. I photographed the crane from Hoo Wood last week, and the new bridge from the River Pasture today. Progress dictates the need for a bypass to divert some of Kidderminster’s increasing traffic through the new combined residential and industrial estate currently being built at the… Read More

Sunrise: 05.10   Sunset: 09.20 170 metres downstream of the former Falling Sands Rolling Mills and Cottages’ site mentioned in my last post, is another vantage point. I can look across the River Stour and the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal from here, they are only 15 metres apart, to a 6 story high sandstone bank thick with trees and varied sprawling vegetation. The Falling Sand lock is here too, and to its right was… Read More

Sunrise: 05.07   Sunset: 09.23 I have had a deep fascination with Wilden Marsh for many years. A new story seems to present itself with every visit. Moonlit evenings provide the best atmosphere. I’m never lonely or afraid when walking through the blackness of the nighttime marsh, with its strange noises, fleeting shadows, and darting will o the wisps. I am often accompanied by ghosts from its near and distant past, showing… Read More

Sunrise: 04.46   Sunset: 09.33 Modern world technology first touched Wilden Marsh and Meadows in 1511, with the building of a water powered fulling mill by William Baylly on the River Stour, at Wilden Village. This was the first of 17 mills to be built here before the rise of the steam-age. In its heyday, there were more watermills (in excess of 100) on the banks of the 25 miles long River… Read More

An Act passed in 1662 authorised the Earl of Bristol, Lord Windsor and Thomas Smyth of London, to make the Stour navigable from the River Severn to the collieries around Stourbridge; opening up and developing sales outlets further south, in particular around Worcester and Gloucester. The original plan was to make the river navigable for craft of 6 tons, with 11 locks and two branch tram roads.  Engineer Andrew Yarranton (1619 –… Read More

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