Wordsley Dock At Sunset
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Wordsley Dock At Sunset

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The 16 locks in the Wordsley Dock section of the Stourbridge Canal raise the waterway 145 feet and became a Conservation Area in 1977. Some of the locks are so close together they have the nickname 'The Staircase'. This canal would have been an important trade route for the Stourbridge Glass industry, bringing in raw materials and taking away finished products. There are side ponds between many of the locks at Wordsley Dock, which would have been full of narrowboats in the heyday of the canals, as they waited to get through the locks. Cast iron bridges were constructed in 2 halves with a split down the centre (similar to the one near the camera position) to allow the rope between horse and barge to be passed through without untying the animal.

Below the camera position is Dadsworth Shed and behind that is the Red House Glass Cone. Dadsworth Shed is a 250 year old timber warehouse which takes its' name from the original narrowboat builders yard, where I believe boat restoration continues today.

Now 1 of only 4 left in the country, brick built cones like the 100 foot high Red House Glass Cone would once have been a common site around the Stourbridge, Amblecote and Wordsley areas. The Red House Cone was built in 1790 and continued in use until 1936 and can now be visited for free (at the time if writing).

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