Stone

Our journey from Great Haywood to Stone was a memorable one. After emptying rubbish and elsan, and filling up with water at Great Haywood we set off and planned to do the 8mile  journey to Stone in a day. The plan was to catch up with the washing whilst on the move, which we did (2 loads). About 3hours into the journey we had to stop as a boat was across the canal, it had become unteathered. Another boat coming down also stopped so we all helped to pull the boat in and tether it up. A phonecall to CRT helped locate the owner who duly arrived after the fun had stopped. This held us up for about 30mins, so we decided to stop for lunch and then carry on after. It was about 5pm when we arrived at Stone, and we managed to moor on a 5day mooring in full sunshine.

Today we had a stroll into the town centre to check on the amenities. Tomorrow will be stocking up on some shopping and apparently there is a farmers market there.

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Lovely mosaic feature alongside the canal.

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Think this narrowboat has lost it’s way!

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The old Joules brewery building that closed in 1970 after being bought by Bass Charrington.

The statue below is by lock 94 and is called Christina. In memory of  Christina Collins who was murdered by boatmen in 1839. She had paid 1 shilling and sixpence passage along the canal from Preston Brook to London so she could be with her husband. When she got to Stone she reported she was worried the men would meddle with her; sadly she was found murdered in the canal at Rugeley and her grave is in the churchyard there. It was a story that an Inspector Morse episode was based on.

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