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38 - Market Drayton to Brewood, Shropshire Union Canal.

Wednesday 7th August 2003.

 Julian E had booked a taxi the past evening to take him to Shrewsbury railway station. He went up to meet the taxi at around 08:30. Just after 09:00 he mobiled us to say he got to Shrewsbury OK, so Neil and Martin started off.
10:30 saw us at the top of the Tyrley Flight, nice to report that the pretty lock cottage at that time was NOT scaffold clad and in a state of being modernised, which is normally the case when we have seen it in the past.
There was a stop in Wheaton Aston between 16:20 and 17:30 for the customary VERY cheap diesel at Turner's Garage, as well as some Morris's oil and propshaft grease, which they now stock. Also a water stop, which included a plumbed in shower for both crew members!
At 19:50 we stopped for the night at Brewood, at our "normal" spot, not far beyond Countywide Cruisers. This spot is quieter than between the bridges, but has the pain of a shelf about a foot below the surface. We used the inner tube fitted tyre fenders to space the boat away from the shelf. That evening we did a spot of shopping in the local Spar and got a Chinese takeaway from Wong's.

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The cutting before Tyrley Bottom Lock. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Tyrley Bottom Lock. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Looking back from Tyrley Bottom Lock. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Looking up from Tyrley Bottom Lock. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Shropshire Union Paddle gear on the Tyrley Flight. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Tyrley Flight, Lock No 3. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Tyrley Flight Lock No 4. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Looking back at Tyrley Flight Lock No 4. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Tyrley Flight Lock No 2, looking up at Top Lock No 1. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Tyrley Flight Lock No 2, looking down at Lock No 3. Shropshire Union Canal.

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NB Earnest heading into Tyrley Flight Top Lock No 1. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Tyrley Flight Top Lock No 1. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Tyrley Flight Top Lock No 1. Shropshire Union Canal.

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The sanitary station above Tyrley Flight Top Lock No 1. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Leaving Tyrley Flight Top Lock No 1. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Towpath works above the Tyrley Flight. Shropshire Union Canal.

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High Bridge No 57, Woodseaves Cutting. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Woodseaves Cutting. Shropshire Union Canal.

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The old Cadbury Dairy loading wharves. Knighton. Shropshire Union Canal.

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We catch the Chapman's on NB Quidditch as they pass the Knighton Dairy. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Double Culvert Bridge No 40, Grub Street Cutting. Shropshire Union Canal.

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High Bridge No 39, Grub Street Cutting. Shropshire Union Canal.

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High Bridge No 39, Grub Street Cutting. Shropshire Union Canal.

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It pours with rain as we pass through Norbury Junction. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Norbury Junction, the branch to Newport used to come off here. The top lock is now a dry dock. Shropshire Union Canal.

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BW yard, Norbury Junction. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Gnosall Bridge No 35 and The Navigation pub. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Old wharf building before Gnosall Bridge No 35. Shropshire Union Canal.

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The Boat pub at Bridge No 34 in Gnosall. Shropshire Union Canal.

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New housing beyond Boat Inn Bridge No 34 in Gnosall. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Cowley Tunnel. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Cowley Tunnel. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Cowley Cutting. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Castle Cutting Bridge No 30. Shropshire Union Canal.

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 Shropshire Union Canal.

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Tavern Bridge No 19 and Turner's Garage fuel mooring. Wheaton Aston. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Wheaton Aston Sanitary Station, Wheaton Aston Lock in the distance. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Wheaton Aston Lock. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Looking back at Wheaton Aston winding point, sanitary station and Tavern Bridge No 19. Shropshire Union Canal.

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 over Telford's A5 - upgraded Watling Street. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Stretton Aqueduct. Shropshire Union Canal.

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Countrywide Cruisers at Brewood. Shropshire Union Canal.

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The Moghal Indian Restaurant in Brewood.

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Coopers, a nice greengrocer / general store in Brewood.

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The Brewood Spar.

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The Three Stirrups pub and Wong's Chinese takeaway in Brewood.

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