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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Victoria Mill

The pictures below left show an area of the Caldon canal at Endon. Although about 5 miles out from Stoke on Trent there are pottery connections here. Looking below the `keep right` arrow on an island seems a strange site along a peaceful stretch of canal.
This was once a busy crossing point for trains from the Harrison and Son Victoria Mill. The island was a swing bridge carrying the rails across the canal. This site has been cleared in recent years and a very detailed report can be found HERE

The track from the Mill ran alongside the main line to Endon station. Looking at the picture below the track(main line) is still in amongst those trees to the left of the bridge. The arm appeared around 1903 to be used as a transhipment wharf between rail and water.

Endon station
The two black and White pictures are from the Caldon and Uttoxeter canal trust site where you can find an  interesting 2 part story about the area. LINK

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