We walked back to the visitor centre on the site of Pooley Hall Colliery, via a climb up the spoil heap.
This tall obelisk has sprouted on the top since we were here last
I don’t know what it represents, it doesn’t seem to have any relevance to coal mining, brick and pottery production or quarrying, the main industries in the area.
It appears to be made out of fibreglass, or something similar. It’s definitely hollow.
Looking north, a Virgin train in the middle distance
And south-east to Polesworth, the M42 below and the Coventry Canal beyond
Three major transport routes visible with just a turn of the head.
We crossed the canal, ducked under the motorway and arrived at the visitor centre, closed today unfortunately.
The visitor centre
Head gear pulley wheel, this one from South Yorkshire though.
We returned along the canal, passing Pooley Hall, built in 1509 by Sir Thomas Cockayne, a knight during the reign of Henry VII.
Brick built and battlemented Tudor Pooley Hall.
It’s difficult to get a clear shot across the canal, and, as it’s still private, it’s unlikely you’d be welcome walking up the drive camera in hand.
After a brew I got stuck in and finished the saloon/galley bulkhead. I’m quite pleased with the result.
Shelves both sides…
This afternoon I had a walk around the village to have a closer look at the church and area around it.
The Abbey Church
The Gatehouse, dating from 1343 with several extensions and modifications since.
This latest doesn’t really fit the Bard’s timeline. He married (a shotgun wedding!) Anne Hathaway the year before the school started up, and was busy in his father’s businesses. He’d been around Stratford enough to father twins, born in 1585. Shortly after this he went to London to seek his fortune.
Tomorrow we’re heading off towards Atherstone, probably doing the first few of the 11 locks before stopping. The rest we’ll do on Wednesday.
Locks 0, miles 0.