The small Staffordshire village of Great Haywood is a junction of waterways; the Trent and Mersey Canal is joined by the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal at Great Haywood Basin and the River Sow joins the River Trent near to the lovely Essex Packhorse Bridge.
I was walking in this lovely watery area overlooking the Trent and Mersey when I found this memorial bench to Ella Anna Christa Percox. We had just enjoyed a favourite breakfast of Staffordshire Oatcakes at the lovely Canalside Farm Shop and Café that is nearby and were on our way in to the grounds of Shugborough Estate to explore some of the follies before heading on to Cannock Chase when I found this bench. I was touched by the sentiment of the dedication that drew a picture of a woman who was part of a family who missed her and who enjoyed being in natural surroundings. Sitting watching the narrow boats on the canal is always a relaxing way to spend a few minutes and I am sure this bench will have tempted plenty of people.