First we walked past the church and Lawton Hall to Lawton Hall Lake; then on through bluebell woods to Scholar Green where we went down onto the Macclesfield Canal.
|Lawton Hall Lake|
In the graveyard of All Saints' Church a couple of hundred yards from our mooring is a memorial stone to a canal man.
"In memory of Hugh Lanyon of Truro, in the county of Cornwall. He died at Lawton, on the 15th of June, A.D. 1846; aged 41 years. He was an Assistant Surveyor to the Trent and Mersey Company. As a record of his Zeal in the discharge of his duties, the Company have raised this Stone."
I wonder what an Assistant Surveyor did, given that the canal was built 28 years before he was born. Even the second, Telford, Harecastle Tunnel was completed when Lanyon was only 22. Perhaps he had been taken on as a young man to assist in its construction. Also, how did he die? Was it while zealously discharging his duties?
The gravestone itself was beautifully legible, unlike many of that age.
In the afternoon we walked into Kidsgrove for provisions and a look round a town which seems past its best. The 1897 Victoria Hall looked good, though.