Market Drayton

Trip Start Apr 02, 2012
Trip End Oct 31, 2012

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Sunday Sunday 12th - Adderley
3 miles
15 locks

Went to the service at St James this morning in Audlem. It was a nice morning service with a baptism as the main focus. 

Am so used to sunny weather that I was rather shocked to find that it was raining when we left the church. However, it was only a shower so we had lunch then set off up the locks. It took us nearly 3 hours to get to the top but we did make use of the facilities on the way. Moored up in Adderley. For the first time in ages I couldn't get a decent internet signal so gave up trying.

Monday 13th  Market Drayton
3 miles
5 locks
Walked into Adderley  this morning to see if I could find the stores mentioned in the Nicholson Guide (NG) and found none. Adderley is described in NG as a rather under-populated village. It is confined within a disused railway line to the east and the A529 to the west. At its extreme south end is the church and at the northerly end is a primary school with its village hall with adjoining bowling green somewhere in the middle. The houses are rather scattered around the perimeter but there are a few more smaller, newer houses huddled together for company behind the village hall. There is also a garage which sells cars and does MOTs but doesn't sell fuel. There is one post box and no pub. As I set off across the canal bridge, the small road ran downhill at first, past a small farm house showing signs of the recent flooding (there were used sandbags piled up beside the gates of the property). 

We spoke to a local farmer yesterday who was out walking his dog who told us that property is a lot cheaper in Shropshire. He and his wife had moved from a small holding in Cheshire and with the resulting cash managed to buy a farm in Shropshire. They rear lambs, pigs and cows and make their living by selling their produce at farmers markets and to local people, including lots of boaters. Their property runs alongside the top two locks we should be passing later today.
We did pass the farm shop but decided it was too pricey

Arrived at Market Drayton and moored up the bridge before the visitors moorings. Having walked into town and back again along the towpath, we did well to moor where we did. It is quieter from the traffic going over the bridge and hardly anyone passes by us. Went into town this afternoon and it is pretty unremarkable really. I didn't recognise anything about it from our last visit here some years ago. It has a slightly neglected air although some disused buildings have been brightened up quite creatively by local artists. I think we might do a little trog around the charity shops in the morning.
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