Wednesfiled Junction and the top three locks
Update April 2010 - Original Post December 2009
Lock number three proved to be elusive during my exploration of the Bentley Canal, sitting somewhere behing a row of modern offices and under their car parks. I have recently found a photo of Lock Number three from the 1970's when the canal was being filled in. Whilst the top gates have been replaced by spoil, the bottom gates hang in place minus their balance beams. In a few short years the lock chamber, the nearby bridge and the whole channel wiould be lost forever.
Lock No 3 at Wednesfield on the Bentley Canal
Original Post December 2009
In spite of the extensive regeneration in the area, one feature of the old Bentley Canal continues to stand proud and unchanging – the fine cast iron bridge which still spans the entrance to the remaining stub arm, next to the Nickleodeon pub. Sadly, the picture framed by this graceful arch is unrecognisable from just 30 years ago, when the canal started its descent through the first three locks towards Willenhall and then on to the outskirts of Walsall.
Fortunately for canal hunters, the Bentley was remarkably straight and it is possible to draw a line on the map between Wednesfield Junction and Neachells Lane bridge, the first surviving structure on the line half a mile to the east. Between these points the line dips down through the new car parks, before burrowing under the corner of Hobbycraft.