Star Inn Stone.
A grey day it might have been, but the sun came out as we went to walk along the Trent & Mersey Canal in Stone, Staffordshire.
We cruised along this section of canal, a couple of years ago. Having been on the wide Kennet & Avon for the last 18 months, these locks seem so tiny! It was wonderful to be on a different canal, even if on foot, and only for an hour or so.
Built under the direction of James Brindley as the Grand Trunk Canal between the Rivers Mersey and Trent, it later became known as the Trent & Mersey Canal. Stone was originally the headquarters of the Canal Company.
The canal was opened from Wilden Ferry to Stone by 29 September 1772, two days after James Brindley had sadly passed away. At the opening ceremony, a cannon was fired in celebration. Unfortunately, the lock was damaged by accident, and had to be rebuilt!
The Star Inn Stone predates the canal by some 200 years, originally offering stabling for up to 15 horses. According to a sign on the pub, it holds the record for the number of floors at different levels in a single pub. This, apparently, is due to subsidence over the years.
A Marstons pub, it is very much a popular hostalry along the canal.
- Taken: 28 Jan 2017
- Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
- Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm 1:4 L II USM
- Focal Length 16mm
- 1/125 Sec
- ISO 100