Ketley Paddock Mound way-marker 2 Page under construction   

 

This way-marker faces the remnant of the Ketley Canal.  This was built in 1788 to take coal and limestone from the canal system near Oakengates to the Ketley Iron works at the bottom of the hill – the 5th largest iron works in the country - where the St Gobain works are now.  To get loaded canal tub boats down the hill, William Reynolds of Ketley Hall built the first successful inclined plane in the world.  250 years ago hundreds of tub boats every day would have been pulled past this point!

 

The canal used to run through a tunnel under Shepherds Lane – the tunnel is hidden under the bank beyond the three large sycamore trees. The end of the tunnel was briefly opened during work on the site in 1992 - you will find photos here

 

Now, the canal is home to lots of wildlife – including tadpoles, dragonfly nymphs and water scorpions! If you are very lucky you might see a kingfisher or heron.

 

If you can manage the steps, you can get anywhere else on the site.  Otherwise, you can access the whole site without steps by going up Shepherds Lane or School Lane.  There are maps of the site at each entrance.There are maps of the site at each entrance.

We'll be adding photos and further information to the way-marker pages in due course. These will be accessible from links in the website or if you're on Paddock Mound try scanning the QR codes on the posts with your smart phone

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