There are many striking canalside buildings. Some of the biggest are old mills. Fazeley Mill at Fazeley Junction is a good example.
From the English Heritage text from the above link:
Textile factory. 1886, with minor C20 alterations. Built for William Tolson Ltd, by Messrs Wattons of Lichfield. Red brick with ashlar sandstone dressings and a shallow, double-pitched roof set behind a low parapet. [...]
Fazeley Mill is a little altered example of a late C19 textile factory, specifically designed for the manufacture of narrow fabric. It displays the structural characteristics of metal framed construction typical of the period, and represents the ongoing significance of the local textile industry established by the Peel family in Fazeley in the late C18.
There's a brief description of the interior design of the mill, all cast iron columns and metal cross beams; hoist beams and rope races. Sounds fascinating. It's probably converted into flats now.
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