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The following photographs were very kindly sent to us by Tony Jukes of Caerphilly. We are very grateful to Tony for the photographs and also his captions.

They were taken on a murky Sunday, the 21st October 1962 on the Cannock Extension Canal, the last cruise before closure to allow extension of opencast coal mining. The cruise was organized by Malcolm Braine of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Society.

1. Passing under Watling Street bridge, looking towards Yate’s dockyard

2. Passing sunken narrow boat after New Rd/Norton Green Bridge.

3. Bridge over entrance to Norton Springs Branch
leading to Conduit Colliery No 3, Norton Canes

4. Bridge over entrance to basin (odd levels) at Conduit Colliery No 3,
with railway bridge (braced) in background.
(odd levels - my comment made 1962 may refer to subsidence?)

5. Site of old canal basin running east from canal as far as railway bridge.
Closed because of mining subsidence.

6. Canal on high embankment, open countryside,
after passing Kingswood Bridge

7. Old canal basin, showing effect of subsidence.

8. View west over what was the Churchbridge flight of locks,
closed because of opencast mining.

9. High Bridge bridge.

10. Fouled towing rope at the junction.

11. Leacroft Bridge.

12. Hemlocks Bridge, view towards Hednesford basin.

13. Hednesford basin.

14. Hednesford basin.

15. LMS Railway bridge on Norton branch after leaving Hednesford.

16. Passing over the Aqueduct section.
Railway bridge in distant background.

17. Leacroft bridge.

18. Foredrove bridge, on the way to Norton Green bridge.

19. Passing under Watling St (A5) bridge.
Anglesey Branch, feeder from Chasewater Reservoir to Wyrley and Essington Canal

20. General view from reservoir to south showing old coal loading installations.

22. Old coal wagon tippler at loading installation, disused.
Coal tipped in hopper and then loaded into boats via a conveyor
(see pic. No. 20).

21. Culvert at bottom of weir, older higher course of water supply from reservoir (to right of canal boats in pic. 20.)

23. The Leonard Leigh tug "Helen" and coal boats, NCB.
Newer loading facilty in background.

24. Section of canal below coal loading installations.
Water very clear, free from weed. crayfish noted.

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