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January 3, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Once useful and now forgotten

Below is a building I see a lot of on my walks. It was once an essential part of the canal network in the area, which itself was essential for industry, agriculture and trade. This tall, thin building sits close by the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal and was built in the 19th century. It contained a steam engine to pump water into the canal to maintain water levels and therefore the lifeline of the community. It is a listed building, now neglected and pretty much forgotten and ignored by the many people that pass by it. Maybe there is a message there for all of us. Never think the world can’t get by without you, no matter how important you are.

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