Last Sunday our friends Maurice and Carolyn cycled to us on their tandem and then helped us down the Lapworth Locks:
|Before they arrived we came down the first four locks which are further apart and there is then a gap before the work starts in earnest. Here we are looking back to the second lock in the flight.|
|Once down the first four we boiled the kettle and waited for the tandem to arrive. We found room for the bike on the roof and for the riders inside. Much cake and biscuits were eaten on Sunday.|
|Here is Kingswood Junction. To the right leads on towards Stratford where we went a month ago. Our way this time lay to the left where one final lock dropped us down to the Lapworth Link which connects with the Grand Union Canal.|
We could have done the Hatton locks the following day but decided to have an easier day on Monday and stopped a mile short of the top of the locks and carried on down on Tuesday.
|This view is looking down the straight section of the flight. The tower seen below is that of St Mary's Church in Warwick.|
|The Hatton flight is sometimes called the "Stairway to Heaven" and this gives you some idea of why.|
|We started our day by climbing 160 steps to the top of the tower of St Mary's Church. Here is the view looking towards Warwick Castle. We had visited the Castle before so we went instead to other sights.|
|This is the Great Hall where James 1 was guest of honour at a banquet which nearly bankrupted the town. He sat in the chair seen on the left. The Hall is still used for banquets, usually for weddings.|
|This is the Courtyard with the Master's House beyond and a galleried landing to the right.|
Left is the Guildhall where the town's worthies discussed how the town should be run and organised its government.
The Hosptal has a lovely garden. The Norman arch was found on the site and re-erected as a garden feature. The urn is from ancient Egypt.
|Part of the Lord Leycester Hospital site includes a chapel over the West Gate to the town. At the other end of the High Street is the East Gate shown here which also has a chapel on top.|
|The building on the left is Thomas Oken's House. He was a major benefactor to the town from the 1500s and a charity he founded still supports the town and its people.|
|I like the roof lines in this photo taken from the town walls which is also within the Hospital site.|
Even more surprising was that we found a proper ironmonger's shop in Warwick - Torry's on West Street. We have been looking for a 4 inch chimney flue brush for ages and they actually had one in stock!!
So do visit Warwick it is well worthwhile.
Today (Thursday) we've come through Leamington and have moored in open country near Radford Semele. But more about that in our next posting.