The King & Castle

Have I at long last found that illustrious ancestor connected to royalty?  Sadly, no.  This is about a trip last week to the Severn Valley Railway (SVR).  The King & Castle is the public house forming part of Kidderminster station, the eastern terminus of the heritage railway that runs through the Severn valley from Bridgnorth, Shropshire.  Speed has to Continue reading “The King & Castle”

Stourport on Severn: a postcard

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The Tontine, Stourport on Severn

Here I am at The Tontine, in Stourport on Severn, Worcestershire.  The view from the doorstep shows the short route into town via the broad lock gate next to Clock Basin.  Stourport in a pleasant little Georgian town, though the traffic is a nuisance.  Apparently, it is the only town created as a result of canal building, being an important inland port Continue reading “Stourport on Severn: a postcard”

Swanning around

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The Swan, Kidderminster.

The other day I went to Kidderminster on a shopping trip.  This was successful and I found Kidderminster to be a quiet, pleasant, pedestrian-friendly town, with a good range of shops.  At lunch time I entered The Swan. Continue reading “Swanning around”

Leicester City

The other day I had some business at Hinckley, Leicestershire, but bought a return train ticket to the county city.  I had no map or scheme, just turn up and wander about.  Here are a few pics, but first Hinckley.

Hinckley

 

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Chasewater return

Just a few things I saw on the way to Chasewater and back this morning.

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Flag iris on the cut
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Bramble blossom by the basin
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Bird’s Foot Trefoil where Cannock Chase Colliery No 1, “The Marquis” was. This is where some spoil from the M6-Toll was tipped. A post-industrial landscape you can enjoy.

Eagle-eyed locals may just pick out the top of the old valve gear building on Chasewater dam.

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In among the trefoil and rabit-graze grasses were several bee orchids.

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