Our passage onto the Caldon Canal took us through Stoke on Trent via the intriguingly named Etruria Junction. If you have ever struggled to get your tongue round this name you may have wondered about its origins.
James Brindley - father of the waterways
The short answer would be that the junction sits alongside the Etruscan Flint and Bone Mill but the name goes back far beyond that. Etruria was one of the regions of ancient Rome so one has to assume that the grandoise name is linked to the aspirations of the canals founders.
Etruscan Bone and Flint Mill
The stretch through Stoke and Etruria is fascinating in its own way and it seemed a shame to gloss over it in the last post. I am therefore backtracking to reflect on this site, which is unlike any other on the inland waterways and one I am particularly fond of.