Merry Hill Waterfront Marina and Copthorne Hotel
The Waterfront Canal Marina was once surrounded by the Round Oak steel works plant, far removed from the clean, manicured offices and eateries we see now. Truth be known, I'd prefer to be shooting the industrial landscape of the past.
The huge office building to the rear of the canal barges was empty at the time of shooting. It was originally occupied by the credit card company 'Egg'.
At the opposite end of the Waterfront Marina is the Copthorne Hotel, with the terrace of their restaurant, Faraday's, enjoying the view across the marina. Opposite the Copthorne Hotel is the Brewers Wharf pub, and beyond that is the Merry Hill Shopping Centre.
Taken near the canal towpath overlooking Sainsbury's end of the Merry Hill Shopping Centre. Many visi...
Back in the day, this section of canal would have been the equivalent of a motorway, and one of the b...
The 16 locks in the Wordsley Dock section of the Stourbridge Canal raise the waterway 145 feet and be...
Dudley Court house, with the castle in the far off distance. x Steve Fly
The staff very kindly agreed to let me take a panorama of the library, thanks. x fly
Stourbridge High Street. June 2013.
Lower high street at the site of the new Tescno (not)super store. x fly
Trapmakers workshop at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley. The site is a 'living' museum, open...
The Tramshed at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley in the West Midlands. The 22 acre site is a...
Castlefields boat dock at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley. Note the hand-operated lifting b...
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