Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Bentley Canal - Wednesfield

Bentley Canal West - Wednesfield and Neachell
Locks one to six





Aerial View of Locks 1 to 4







Spring 1984

1986

Feb 1985



Wednesfield Junction 1958

Spring 1984

Spring 1984




Bentley Locks one and two Spring 1984

Bentley Locks 1-3

Locks 1 to 3 - 1986

1975

1975









Colin Sidaway

Colin Sideaway image

1956 (HNBC Weaver)









Bentley top lock from junction bridge


Bentley Top Lock 1958





Toll House at Wednesfield Junction 1958

BCN Lock Cottage 245 in Spring 1985

1985


The demolished remains of the top lock cottage in the summer on 1985


Bentley locks 1 and 2



Bollard at Lock One - 1986


Top lock cottage

In happier times


Top Lock

1976

1976



Balance beam - Lock 1 spring 1984



Lock One - 1986

Top Lock 1986

Navigating lock 1 in 1971




Photo by Steve King


Below Bentley Top Lock

Almost gone....



Locks 1 - 3


Locks one to three - 1986

Lock 4 - photographer unknown

Lock Two - 1986

1986



Lock 2 with 3 behind

1977

Lock 2 Spring 1984

Lock 2 1976




Lock 3 slides into oblivion....

Above Lock Three -1986

Lock 3 to Lock 4 1974 - Photographer unknown












Lock 3 downhill







The decline of Lock 3

Locks 3 to 1- Laurence Hogg









1986



Spring 84

Lock 3 - Feb 1985

Locks 3, 2 and 1 1956 - (HNBC P Weaver)


Colourised version of the above




Locks 3 to 1




Abandoned lock gates in 1973 (Hugh Potter)

Locks 3 to 5

Lock 4 with Cottage 1975

Locks 4 to 3 - Laurence Hogg

Laurence Hogg

Bentley Lock 4





Passage blocked out of Lock 4 in 1971  - beneath Well Lane Bridge (Hugh Potter)




Well Lane Bridge parapet (Hugh Potter)

Well Lane Bridge Plate in situ

And its current home in the USA, with a copy

OK - perhaps a bit nerdy, but two of the actual nails which held it to Well Lane Bridge....


Aerial View of Bentley Lock 4

Lock 4 is buried

Locks 4 and 5

Lock 5


Pound above lock 6

1975






Weldless Steel Tube Works towards lock 5





Locks 5 and 6 1956 (HNBC Weaver)

Locks 6 and 5 - Laurence Hogg

Colourised version of the above image

Below Lock 6

Neachells Bridge

Neachells

Neachells and Merrils Hall Bridge



Merrils Hall Bridge and Weldless Steel


Aeriel view of Lock 6 and Neachell Branch


South of Neachell Junction

Neachell Branch
The above photos have been assembled from various sources, including those freely found on the internet. My thanks go to the many photographers alive and dead who have contributed to this collection and in so doing, are keeping the memory of these lost canals alive. These images are reproduced for ease of research are are not necessarily the property of this blog, and as such should not be used for commercial gain without the explicit permission of the owner (whoever that may be).

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