SJ9422 : The River Penk and flood plain near Baswich, Stafford

taken 4 years ago, near to Weeping Cross, Staffordshire, Great Britain

The River Penk  and flood plain near Baswich, Stafford
The River Penk and flood plain near Baswich, Stafford
Here is the re-routed River Penk, flowing from left to right along the former Deepmore (Deepmoor) Drain. The large tree to the right of centre in the distance is by the River Sow. On the far side of the Penk/Sow flood plain pastures is housing on Kingston Hill.

In the middle of the far bank of the River Penk shown here used to be a lock (St Thomas Lock) to which an aqueduct took boats from the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal; they then continued along a channel north-west into the River Sow.
The Stafford Riverway Link

The Stafford Riverway Link is a new name for the former Stafford Branch Canal or River Sow Navigation which used to link the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal at Baswich with the town centre of Stafford. A restoration project plans to reconstruct the link "for community benefit".

The link consisted of a short section of canal branching off the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal near St Thomas Bridge 101. This led via a basin and an aqueduct over a drainage channel and into St Thomas Lock, then down into the River Sow. From here the river course was straightened and made navigable for about a mile and a half to the terminus at a basin near Green Bridge in Stafford.

The canal opened in 1772, the River Sow Navigation in 1816. It ceased operations in the 1920s.

Information from the IWA here: LinkExternal link

Note: Immediately below the lock now is the River Penk, which was diverted along the former Deepmore drainage ditch during flood control activities in the 1970s, so no longer joins the Sow at its original confluence SJ94272281. It now does so 300 metres further east at SJ94572287.

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 28 September, 2016   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 5 December, 2017
Geographical Context
Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Grassland  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9437 2285 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:48.1905N 2:5.0971W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9440 2278
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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