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Then and Now

By DicksPics
Today's images were taken at The Bratch Locks near Wombourne, just south of Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.

"Then" refers to the lead image, taken on the 7th March 2016 - the main focus being the Lock Keeper's cottage: "Now" refers to V1, an image taken this afternoon, and shows how things can change over a five year period. The cottage is probably better insulated now and fit for the 21st century living - however, I think it's a shame to have lost the lovely red-brick exterior. Having said that, it doesn't look too bad and the appearance is growing on me!!

V2 and V3 were taken yesterday, V4 this afternoon and V5 on the same day in 2016 as the lead image: they show the three locks which make up this important section of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say about the locks:-

"The Bratch Locks are a noted feature of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, planned by James Brindley, and opened in 1772 as a three lock staircase. They were later re-engineered as three separate locks. They are served by two bridges, a toll house, and a keeper's cottage. The whole forms a well-preserved example of vernacular Georgian architecture and design, built of mellow local brick."

Many thanks for all votes and comments on my '180 Degrees' upload - much appreciated, as always!Smile


Tags: Transport West midlands Wombourne Bratch Locks Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal

Voters: Chinga, VincentChristopher, Hurstbourne and 74 more

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Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2021 11:06PM
Beautiful composition, so well photographed...
Isabel GrinGrin
Great documentation Richard....super captures ....for me the lead with red brick....but them I’m a traditionalist....

23 Mar 2021 11:21PM
Excellent well detailed set Richard,
23 Mar 2021 11:29PM
It does lose something without the brick but if the cottage is as old as the locks they likely needed replacing and economic likely came into it. An excellent documentary set.
mac Plus
19 12 Scotland
23 Mar 2021 11:34PM
I love to see before and after pictures, it is like a look back in history, when you can see the changes. Sometimes not always for the better! Good set of photo-journalism!
Interested to see the before and now. Love the images.
cooky Plus
17 6 4 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2021 11:47PM
Great narrative to this set Richard. With you on the red brick, Don't know why everyone is going for render and wash on good solid brick!

Lovely set and a bit of history captured. Canals are so fascinating aren't they?

taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
24 Mar 2021 12:11AM
Excellent and interesting reportage!
24 Mar 2021 12:54AM
You are right, Richard....that house is not the same....and still pretty good lucking. It is amazing how narrow those locks are.

Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
24 Mar 2021 12:57AM
An excellent set Richard. Would love to be there.
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2021 3:05AM
A fine set with a postcard quality lead shot.
24 Mar 2021 6:35AM
Quality set Richard, excellent clarity and hues.SmileSmile
24 Mar 2021 6:47AM
Nicely captured set of shots and write up Richard.
davyskid 4 2 Scotland
24 Mar 2021 6:52AM
Excellent set off images Richard, must admit I also like the brick finish. Wink
johnke Plus
8 228 17 England
24 Mar 2021 6:52AM
A beautiful Set of images Richard, I think you chose the lead image very well, but all are

super images....John
24 Mar 2021 7:04AM
Superb set of images Richard, I must admit I prefer red brick. Most interesting narrative as alway's.
24 Mar 2021 7:20AM
Excellent set Richard, love the comp on v2
24 Mar 2021 8:24AM
Beautiful set Richard 😎
24 Mar 2021 8:40AM
Great images Richard, interesting narrative.

richmowil Plus
12 446 2 England
24 Mar 2021 8:57AM
Now and then so different in such a relatively short time! So interesting and informative Richard.
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2021 9:00AM
A lovely set, Isabel.
24 Mar 2021 9:48AM
An interesting comparison shot for your opener, Richard and a lovely set to follow.

bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
24 Mar 2021 10:17AM
very well recorded
24 Mar 2021 10:18AM
Wonderful reportage set here Richard, excellent to see, and the reflections in the lead are very fine.

Dave 🙂
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
24 Mar 2021 11:28AM
Great to see then and now, and how places change. Love 'em all, but do go for the lead and V1 as my faves, with a slight preference for V1, for the smoother reflections on the water, and quite like the house in it's painted state! 😃👍
Trev 😀
24 Mar 2021 11:36AM
Exellent quality
Irishkate Plus
10 45 121 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2021 12:17PM
Lovely to see the comparison - I too like the red brick but the newly painted look is appealing too.
mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
24 Mar 2021 12:50PM
A lovely set Richard, all nicely photographed. I suppose the white building's easier to find in the dark Blush
24 Mar 2021 1:25PM
Lovely collection of images Richard

manicam 17 44 1 Canada
24 Mar 2021 1:39PM
Lovely composition and tonality, Richard.

24 Mar 2021 2:24PM
Excellent set
capto Plus
9 6.7k 25 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2021 3:24PM
A smashing set, something very special about canals and locks.Smile
Fefe Plus
9 57 36 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2021 4:03PM
Lovely set Richard!
I think I prefer the white house to the brick and I love the reflections in V1.
I took some shots of 'Locks' last summer and they are no where near as good as yours, great povs and comps GrinGrinGrin
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 769 England
24 Mar 2021 4:19PM
It doesn't look too bad (better than I imagined when reading about it a couple of days ago on here) but it has ruined a nice brick exterior. I take it that it was originally brick as most of these buildigs are and not rendered at any point in its history.
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2021 5:05PM
A terrific interesting set and your first two images are so beautiful
24 Mar 2021 5:40PM
love the new look in v.1
24 Mar 2021 8:16PM
A great set Richard looks just like out of a magazine. Very professional. Debs
Such a great set and narrative Richard. I like the lead but V1 looks stunning and I love the reflections.

24 Mar 2021 9:47PM
Excellent set Richard....Lin
26 Mar 2021 12:30AM
Great photo.
26 Mar 2021 1:24AM
You do find the greatest subject matter for reflections Richard ....beautiful to view
Reflecting on the cottage ..My vote goes to the brick version ...much more attractive I think ..
Supoose it became too costly to keep up anymore .
Best regards

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