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16th November 1839

This article appeared in the Staffordshire Advertiser. It spelt the end of the Wyrley and Essington Canal Company with the proposed takeover by the BCN.

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9th February 1906

Another grim tale from the old canal, one of but many tragedies I've discovered. This one reported by the Lichfield Mercury on 9 February 1906, the unknown lost sole found at Muckley Corner. Who was this ex-soldier down on his luck and what really happened?

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8th May 1877

Staffordshire Sentinel

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12 August 1921

Lichfield Advertiser

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27th May 1797

This article appeared in the Hull Advertiser and Exchange Gazette on 27 May 1797. It shows how valuable this piece of canal was valued in its day. This was the year our restoration project opened its locks for business.

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7th September 1883

The Lichfield Mercury published this story about Small Pox being spread along the canal on 7 September 1883.
Interesting how times have changed the effects of this disease in this country since then.

28th July 1911

On 28 July 1911 the Lichfield Mercury reported that the Lichfield canal swim was won by the young Charles Davis. He swam the half mile in 12 minutes and 50 seconds. This canal swim was an annual race and must have been very popular until WW1 interrupted things.

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6th October 1916

It looks like our lock keeper Mr. Cuss was a bit of a grim reaper. Ten years later on 6 October 1916 the Lichfield Mercury reported the story of an unknown girl of 19 years floating face down in one of Mr. Cuss's locks. Do you believe in coincidences?

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17th  June 1927  /  6th August 1927

On 17 June 1927 the Lichfield Mercury reported that a young girl Phyllis Baker, aged 4 was rescued from the canal near London Road bridge. A Coventry man dived in and had to administer artificial respiration. The rescuer Harry Brakewell was awarded a Royal Humane Society Award by the Mayor of Lichfield according to the Staffordshire Advertiser article on 6 August 1927.

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12th  October  1923

Lichfield Mercury - 12 October 1923 - Tells the story of how a man driving beast from Tamworth up Fosseway Lane in the middle of the night ended up dropping 14 feet into the lock. Lucky escape for Mr. Charles Peake, butcher from Hednesford.

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