Last Saturday Nwag was invited to have a 'table' at the Tardebigge Canal Open Day beside the Birmingham to Worcester Canal, with whom the team had already established links earlier this year when they were approached to help excavate the lime kilns. Unfortunately this work is being held up at present due to asbestos having been found on the site. 

Nwag members Ian and Jan attended and were made very welcome by welcome by Bill and fellow members of the Canal Canal Trust volunteers. There was also a display of finds, including some ironwork consisting of heavy thick chain, large nails, bolts, and hooks. There was also quite a lot of broken glass bottles and an amusing old rusty ‘corned beef’ tin.  

Tardebigge is very picturesque, with the longest canal tunnel in the UK, an old Lock Keeper's Cottage and possessing the most locks in England. The history of the canal was told, explaining how its barges once carrying coal to Birmingham and its role in taking supplies to Cadbury's in Bournville. Any trip on the canal would be truly lovely and there might be one on the trust’s very own barge 'Cecelia' in October. 

Because it was a very wet day it may have affected the low number of visitors, but everyone was offered shelter on the'Cecelia' with lovely home-made cakes and tea and coffee made available.  

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Tardebigge Lime Kilns Open Day (Photo by J.Price) 

Jans Tard

The Tardebigge Lime Kilns (photo by J.Price.)

On Wednesday the team returned to Winnall Mill to work on several areas of the site in the hope of unravelling a few more mysteries. 

 

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Sam and Julie investigating more of the leat 

Nwag at Winnall

Six of the nine members working in the October dappled sunlight

Ian finds ink pots

Ian was delighted to find two small stoneware pots.

 

 

 

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