Warehouse Vernacular

Warehouse Vernacular

This morning we set off towards Stourport, through the town of Kidderminster. The church in Kiddy looks impressive from the canal.
Kidderminster Church
In the center of town, an old warehouse converted into a Debenhams department store provides an equally impressive view.
Converted warehouse
Such is the nostalgia for the old utilitarian warehouses that line the old canal wharves that new blocks of flats (US: apartment buildings) beside the canal are constructed in the style known as Warehouse Vernacular.
Warehouse Vernacular
So, if Britain votes to leave the EU, the economy collapses as a result, all the recent immigrants leave, and there is suddenly a housing surplus, it will be easy to convert those flats into warehouses. Britain’s infrastructure is ready for anything.

Trees that grow to overhang the canal have to be cut back to maintain navigation. Sometimes this leaves scope for guerrilla artwork.

Stourport is the only town in the UK, and possibly the world, that exists simply because of a canal. Some of the later canals built were the result of a speculative canalmania, and had little real chance of ever making money, or in some cases even being completed. However, the Staffs and Worcester had a vital economic purpose, connecting the industry of the West Midlands with navigable section of the Severn River, and thus the port of Bristol and the Atlantic trade. Where the canal met the river, and goods were transferred from the broader river boats to the narrow canal boats, Stourport grew up.

It’s also close to where my brother lives and as we pulled into the last lock we were greeted by Ant (Tony to everyone but me) and his wife Carol. Here’s Paula demonstrating how to work to lock paddles to Ant.
Paula and Ant

Stourport is proud of its canal history, and lately has attempted to reinvent itself as a resort town for canal boaters, and day trippers from the Birmingham area. There are amusement arcades, souvenir shops, and a fun fair.
Think Santa Cruz without the beach, pier, university, scenery, climate, or pot.

In a previous post, in which I commented on a spurious apostrophe in a tattoo shop sign, I accidentally typed Stourport when I meant to write Stourbridge. In the comments my brother said:

“Stourbridge” people, not “Stourport” people (whose grammar is far superior!)

Yeah, well, here’s the sign for the tattoo shop in Stourport. Please note the missing apostrophe in “Stags”.
Tattoo Parlour

3 thoughts on “Warehouse Vernacular

  1. Stourport is Englands answer to Orlando without the alligators , and a bit less sun. Ant P.S the ‘ comes after the d. X

  2. Finally getting caught up with your blog posts, and reading on my PC, not the phone, so the pics are much more revealing! Wonderful to see what you are seeing, some of it anyway, and paula’s little FB video is charming too. Too bad about the theft, but it could of been worse, as you pointed out. As a retirement job, I am going to start a new career as a Sign Policewoman, and I see there are plenty of stray or missing apostrophes in the UK too. It amazes me that so many sign design companies get it wrong. I can understand if the business owner turns in a rough draft with errors, but the manufacturer should really know better.

    BTW, Jules loved (“devoured”) the first Dragon book and would happily continue in the series with keen anticipation.

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