11th November 2009
I find then and now photos fascinating, but sometimes they are positively alarming.
Take Spon Lane Junction for instance, where the Spon Lane locks rise to meet the Old Main Line near Oldbury on the BCN.
If you took a resident of the area from 1955 back to the spot today, it is an understatement to say that they wouldn't recognise the place.
Spon Lane Junction 1955
The above photo was taken just before the area was razed to make way for the M5, which was built directly over the line of the canal. Only the angle of junction junction remains, just north of Stewards Aqueduct.