Monday, 12 January 2015

1229 : Sluggishly Creeping Through Stoke


TRENT AND MERSEY CANAL, STOKE : ALAN BURNETT Circa 1971

“It was a breezy Friday in July 1872. The canal, which ran north and south, reflected a blue and white sky. Towards the bridge, from the north came a long narrow canal-boat roofed with tarpaulins; and towards the bridge, from the south came a similar craft, sluggishly creeping. The towing-path was a morass of sticky brown mud, for, in the way of rain, that year was breaking the records of a century and a half. Thirty yards in front of each boat an unhappy skeleton of a horse floundered its best in the quagmire.”

Excerpt From: Arnold Bennett. “Clayhanger.” iBooks. 

1 comment:

Dakota Boo said...

Off to Stoke later this week. Not sure I'll get much time for Urban Wandering though. Do you think this vista still exists?