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The most notable cottages on the southern section are the six barrel-roofed ones which are at locks 22, 25, 28, 31, 34 and 37. There were another six more conventional cottages down to Stratford but three of them have disappeared and the remaining three are at locks 40, 42 and 44 near Wilmcote. The barrel-roofed cottage at lock 31 at Lowsonford is notable for at least two reasons; it was the site of a life-sized sculpture of a standing man by Antony Gormley in 2017 and the cottage is also available in 2020 as a holiday let from the Landmark Trust. The cottage by lock 22 overlooks the basin at Kingswood.

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The original cottage at Lock 39, the Odd Lock, was demolished about 1957. The two cottages near the Featherbed Lane bridge at Wilmcote were actually the property of the nearby quarries. There is a unique castellated house between Lock 43 and Bridge 59.

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