Adult Education building

Adult Education building

The adult ed centre on St George’s Parade is one of the few distinctive and attractive recent buildings in the city centre.

The area it is in is likely to become even more of a backwater when Sainsbury’s make their planned move to their new site.

Mist by a canal

Misty canal

Misty view of the Staffs & Worcs canal heading downstream just outside Wombourne on a misty morning.

The large nests in the bushes probably belong to magpies.

Chubb Building

Chubb's Building

One of the characteristic sights of Wolverhampton city centre, the distinctive building which began life as the Chubb factory.

Reflections on an artificial cliff

Reflections on an artificial cliff

Another cutting in sandstone to make way for a transport corridor. This sandstone cliff was created roughly a century earlier than the ones in the previous post. It’s on the Staffs & Worcs canal, a short distance from the canal’s crossing of the river Stour near Stourton.

The picture shows the base of the cliff, ivy trailing down from above; ferns growing in a niche at water level, and the reflection in the water.

It is noticeable how much less vegetation has managed to establish itself on this rock compared with the railway cutting. Is that because of the steeper rock face, or because it is a different type of sandstone?

Sandstone cutting

Sandstone cutting

A section of the South Staffordshire Railway Walk, along the course of the same former single-track railway which figures in the Smestow Valley LNR.

Here, just north of the B4176, the line has been kept more or less level by quarrying a cutting out of the sandstone, which now has a good covering of trees, mosses, lichens and leaf-litter.

Sandstone cutting

Bluebell leaves

Bluebell leaves

Today’s posts are of two subjects I noticed within yards of one another on the path connecting the Barley Field and Railway Walk in the Smestow Valley LNR. Here the leaves of one of a clump of bluebells growing strongly. The blooms themselves should be at their best in a couple of weeks.

Rocky lock – 2 views

Rocky Lock

Rocky lock, on the Staffs & Worcs canal, is on a section of the canal between Greensforge and the crossing of the river Stour where there are several stretches with the east bank of the canal being artificial sandstone cliffs formed by quarrying out of the native rock to make the cut. One spot this happens is the well-named Rocky Lock, seen here from both canal levels.

Rocky Lock

Greensforge Mill

Greensforge Mill

The building by the river Smestow is on the site where there were iron workings from the seventeenth century. There are claims that Mr Green’s forge used the iron produced by Dud Dudley.

Iron working continued here into the nineteenth century, using the stream as a source of water power. The opening of the Staffs & Worcs canal will have helped transport (this picture was taken from the canal towpath at Greensford).

The works was rebuilt as a corn mill in the late nineteenth century. It carried on working until the mid-1920s, and was converted into apartments in the 1980s.

Glass warehouse, Wordsley

Glass warehouse, Wordsley

The former glass warehouse at Wordsley, opposite the Red House Glass Cone, which is hidden behind the warehouse in these pictures.

The warehouse is currently derelict, but is scheduled to be redeveloped, expanding the museum.

Glass warehouse, Wordsley