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'Sutton Stop' Lock

'Sutton Stop' Lock
Stop locks usually had only a couple of inches change in water level. This was done at junctions between the canals of two different companies - companies were very protective of "their" water and ensured other companies paid for any taken into their canals by the transiting boats. Hawkesbury junction had been watched over by the same family, the Suttons, for many years and was usually known as Sutton's Stop. see below

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Old pumphouse

Old pumphouse

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'Greyhound' pub

'Greyhound' pub
The Greyhound was a regular stopping point for the working boat-people.

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Hawkesbury junction

Hawkesbury junction

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Hartshill BW yard

Hartshill BW yard

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Harlequin Ladybird

Ladybird

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Locks on Farmer's Bridge flight, under office blocks

Locks on Farmer's Bridge flight, under office blocks
Once again, as in Manchester, the office blocks were built over the canal rather than filling it in. Lessons have been learned since Manchester that the waterways bring tourists to the area.

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Weir at Wightwick Mill Lock

Weir at Wightwick Mill Lock
These round weirs are peculiar to this section of the Staff & Worcs Canal.

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The Bratch

The Bratch
This flight of three locks was initially built as a staircase, but was re-engineered as three separate locks. The pounds between are barely as long as a boat, still giving the impression of a staircase.

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Bottle kiln

Bottle kiln
These kilns were used for making glassware. The distinctive shape channels the heat up the flue.

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Lock 12, Stourbridge canal

Lock 12, Stourbridge canal

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Dadford's Shed

Dadford's Shed Dadford's Shed

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Lock 10, Stourbridge canal

Lock 10, Stourbridge canal

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Hatton flight

Hatton flight
This flight of 21 locks (widely known as the "Stairway to Heaven") and the adjoining flight of 5 at Knowle have distinctive hydraulic paddle-gear.

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