Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Cannock Extension Canal - crossing the open cast

Cannock Extension Canal - Norton Canes to Hednesford
April 2020

The line of the canal become very indistinct after Foredrove Bridge, briefly making an appearance east Badger Bridge where 1/4 mile of canal bed is at the bottom of a garden, and then disappearing beneath the massive area of open cast mining.

This area has been stripped away, the coal removed in the 1960's and 1970's and then re-profiled in the 1980's. Today much of it is either open space or covered in light industry or retail parks and whilst you can follow the path on a map, its anyone's guess what the levels used to look like!

Over the yers I have found photos of most of the bridges and if you have any missing images, please let me know and I will add them to the sequence.

Norton Canes area

An arial view from above Conduit Colliery

Entrance to Conduit Basin

Possibly Hednesford Road Bridge

Looking west from Hednesford Road Bridge to Railway Bridge

Looking back towards Norton Canes


Norton Common Bridge

Badgers Bridge

Badgers Bridge

Coppice Colliery Basin

Approaching Silvesters (or Sylvesters) Bridge from the north\

 West from Sylvesters Bridge

Rumour Hill to Hednesford

High Bridge

Near Kingswood Bridge

Rumer Hill Junction

Churchbridge top lock

Rumer Hill  Bridge in the distance?

Leacroft Bridge

Leacroft Bridge

Leacroft Bridge later on

Parks Bridge

Hawks Aqueduct

Hemlocks Bridge


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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