|Atherstone top lock.|
|View of the right hand side of the top picture is of interest. Just to the right of those three steps was the entrance to the basin.|
|1963 view of the towpath bridge spanning the entrance to Minions Wharf. Picture from Jim Sheads site. HERE|
Some would reason the Coventry company were in no hurry to re-commence building as this would open the way for cheap coal to come from the north spoiling the business being done with the coal fields in Bedworth, Nuneaton and Hawkesbury to name just a few and I tend to agree.
Intervention by the Trent and Mersey and Birmingham and Fazely companies saw the canal reach Fradley untill 1789.
So as you look at the top picture you can see why there`s a winding hole in what appears to be an awkward place, the width was needed to enter/exit the wharf basin.
|A is the winding hole, top lock and Minions wharf entrance. B is 68 Coleshill road. C is the Wilson and Stafford hat factory. D is the Minions Wharf basin.|
|Ordnance survey map dated around 1880|
|This is the area of the Minion basin using a late 1890`s map over a modern day map. Try this link the image can be changed by using the transparency overlay slider bottom left.|
|The only buiding left from the Days of Minions wharf. Probably built as the wharfingers house back in very late 1790`s it`s now listed as a private residence, somehow doesn`t look very lived in does it.|
|Hat making in Atherstone began in the 17C. and this building is the last of seven hat makers in the town. It was owned by Wilson and Stafford and closed in 1999 and was due to be demolished to build flats in 2008. It had connections to the slave trade link here.|
Warehouses and other buildings were still on the site in 1970 when the site was cleared with the exception of 68 Coleshill road and the basin was filled in to build houses.
Follow the link HERE and scroll down to case no. 24 to read an 1847 interesting court report about a break in at Minion Wharf. In fact the whole link mentions many boating incidents.
Seven years transportation was the sentence and in those days you found your own way home so many chose to stay in places such as Australia that their crimes had made their homes.
Well I enjoyed that. Being able to sit and type research and delve back into blogging was fantastic.