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Old Photos of Wolverley in Worcestershire in England

Worcestershire, Wolverley, old photo of people fishing on Court Lock

Worcestershire, Wolverley, old photo of people fishing on Court Lock

Wolverley Court Lock, nr Kidderminster, Staffs & Worcester Canal.

This is an absolutely delightful photograph of Wolverley Court Lock on the Staffordshire and Worcester canal, a couple of miles north of Kidderminster. Starring role must go to the view of the quaint lock-keeper’s cottage, with unusually tall chimney and roses clambering around the door. Almost no signs of this cottage remain at all today, except a slight hump in the ground just to the west of the lower set of gates.

The bridge across the tail of the lock has changed too, but perhaps only in detail. It is one of the rarer split bridges, allowing the towing rope to be threaded through the gap between each half of the arch. Over time most of these 18th century bridges have either been replaced or, as here, strengthened. The original cast-iron balustrade has gone, to be replaced by a simple steel bar railing, and the gap in the middle has been braced.

Adding to the scene is a motley collection of people. There are young lads fishing by the tail of the lock, and a woman and two young men also fishing from the towpath opposite the photographer. The man leaning on the parapet of the bridge has the look of a lock-keeper, and the young man standing to the right looks to be holding something that might be some of the photographer’s equipment. There are references to “Ebury Photo” (the publisher of this photograph) in the National Archives, but I can’t find out anything more about this photographer.


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