Stone is where our first boat was built by Roger Fuller back in 1985. It was side launched from near the garden of his house where she was built.
Anna's launch site now somewhat overgrown
The first lock you come to in Stone is Star lock the home of the famous Star Inn where each room is on a slightly different level.
Approaching Star lock
In Star lock
The "Star" lockkeeper
An interesting tree stump carving
The home of the Stone Brewery now a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) workshop
Roger has a great love of trains and he has laid a narrow gauge track around it complete with signals and a signal box. Great fun was had back in 2003 when he held a "Fuller Fest" at which the owners of all the boats he had built were invited. We all had goes of being hauled around the yard by a hand operated buggy. (I'm sure there is a proper name for it)
And the signal box
It was great to meet Roger and his son Jo again as we mellowed about old times over a cup of coffee.
On we went towards Stoke on Trent only to come across this ideal position of a house with its own dry dock!
We passed the Wedgwood china factory before mooring up for the night just short of the Britannia football stadium, home of Stoke City.