River Penk

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River Penk

The source

The river has its source in Penk Rise Park behind the Bird in Hand in Tettenhall Wood and flows towards Perton.
SO8799 : Penk Rise by Gordon Griffiths SO8799 : River Penk entering Perton by John M

Perton

Pools were created on the marshy land to improve drainage on the former WW2 airfield at Perton, Staffordshire, enabling a major post-war housing development.
SO8699 : Lake in the Centre of Perton by Geoff Pick SJ8500 : Lower Lake by Gordon Griffiths SJ8500 : Lower Lake Perton by Gordon Griffiths

Crossing the Wergs Road at Tettenhall there are further fishing pools.
SJ8701 : Fishing Pools by John M SJ8701 : Pools on the Penk, near Codsall, Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd

Around the edge of the city to Pendeford Mill

The river skirts the edge of Wolverhampton passing under the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal and behind the former Boulton and Paul aircraft factory.
SJ8802 : River Penk upstream of Barnhurst Lane by John M SJ8802 : River  Penk at Barnhurst Lane by John M SJ8903 : Towards the source, River Penk by John MSJ8904 : Pendeford Hall Lane View by Gordon Griffiths SJ8904 : River Penk by Derek Harper

Escaping the Battle of Worcester in 1651 King Charles II had a rendezvous near Pendeford Mill on his journey between Boscobel and Moseley Old Hall.

Pendeford to Somerford, countryside and mills

Heading north the river passes beside the settlements of Coven and Brewood.
SJ8905 : Passing over the Penk by Gordon Griffiths SJ8905 : River Penk View by Gordon Griffiths SJ9007 : Bridge over River Penk by Geoff Pick SJ9007 : The River Penk, at Coven by John Lord SJ9007 : River Penk - south of Coven bridge by Row17
SJ8908 : River Penk by John M SJ8908 : Footbridges at Somerford Mill by John M SJ8908 : Footbridge over River Penk by John M SJ8908 : Footbridge over the Mill Race by John M

Somerford, Stretton and Cuttlestone Bridges

The river continues flowing northwards and is crossed by ancient east/west trackways.
A bridge at Somerford(stone bridge)is recorded as having been repaired in 1605 and the current bridge was built in 1796.
SJ8909 : The River Penk, near Brewood, Staffordshire by Roger  KiddSJ8909 : The River Penk, near Brewood, Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd SJ8909 : Stream and bridge by Row17 SJ8909 : Somerford Bridge over the River Penk, Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd SJ8909 : Bridge over the River Penk by John M

The Roman Road, the Watling Street, crosses the river at Stretton. The Roman camp at Pennocrvcium was located nearby to control the crossing point on the river. Once across the river the roads led to Deva(Chester)and Viroconium(Shrewsbury). The current bridge is a Thomas Telford design from 1830s when the A5 Holyhead Road was improved.
SJ8909 : Cattle by the brook near Brewood, Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd SJ8909 : Farmland by the River Penk, near Brewood, Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd SJ8909 : The River Penk near Brewood, Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd SJ8909 : River Penk by John M
SJ8909 : The River Penk, near Brewood, Staffordshire by Roger  Kidd SJ8909 : River Penk downstream near Engleton Mill by John M SJ8910 : River Penk downstream near Engleton Mill by John M SJ8910 : Stretton Bridge over River Penk by John M

The earliest recorded bridge at Cuttlestone dates from 1225 and the current bridge from the 17th or 18th century.
SJ8910 : Stretton Mill by John M SJ9011 : River Penk by Geoff Pick SJ9113 : River Penk upstream at Cuttlestone Bridge by John M SJ9113 : Cuttlestone Bridge by Chris Peck SJ9113 : The River Penk from Cuttlestone Bridge by Liz 'n' Jim

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