And so eventually we arrived at the top of Walsall locks; again fearing the worst; again pleasantly surprised.closed for lack of funding.
The 'Boatman's Rest' was one of three boatmen's missions in the area, established in 1900 in an effort to provide alternative attractions to those of the pub. Amongst other attractions it offered coffee, tobacco, bagatelle and a free letter writing service (whereas a pub landlord would charge for the service). Newspapers were also available - presumably for a different subset of the clientele. At their height, these locks saw up to 200 boat passages a day, the ensuing queues at the top of the locks providing a substantial customer base. [source]
We formed an orderly queue and helped one another down - once again, with no problems, although the Cannock Extension explorers who arrived later apparently ran out of water, and had 'trouble' (unspecified).