Friday, 24 April 2020

Cannock Extension Canal - Hednesford

Cannock Extension Canal - Hednesford
April 2020

Time has not been kind to the northernmost tip of the BCN empire. The section around Rumer Hill Junction was obliterated by open cast coal mining and the straight route north from Rumer Hill Bridge as far as the railway crossing to the north of Hawkes Green Aqueduct has been buried directly under a dual carriageway.

The only surviving fragment is the outline of the northern arm of the Hednesford Basin. There is not a lot to see on the ground today, but we are blessed with a lot of great photos from, among others, Hugh Potter who visited the site just before it was filled in.

Entering Hednesford Basin under Hemlocks Bridge

Hednesford Basin under repair near Hemlocks Bridge

Stables near Hemlocks Bridge (Hugh Potter)

Stables and south to Hemlocks Bridge (Hugh Potter)

Repairs at Hednesford

(Hugh Potter)

Sluice south of Hednesford Basin June 1974 (Hugh Potter)


Messrs Craddock and Briggs at
Hednesford Basin 1957 by W Waltho

Hednesford Basin 1957 by W Waltho 

Hednesford Basin drained for repair

Repairs at Hednesford from Will King

...and in colour

Photo by Michael Ware

Viewed from the other end

Hednesford Basin 1972

Hednesford Railway Interchange by Michael Ware
Hednesford Basin 1955 -  Stan Heaton

Final cruise to Hednesford

An amalgam of the above two images to show the basin complex

Last days of Hednesford Basin

Hednesford Basin being filled in

East Cannock Colliery and Hednesford Basin

East Cannock Colliery

BCN Cottage 219 at  Hednesford (Hugh Potter)

BCN Cottage 219

BCN Cottage 218 at Hednesford

Hednesford Basin being filled in

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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