Locks Nine and Ten
This post covers the lower half of the lost Toll End Communication Canal, which was effectively the old Toll End Branch before a connection was made with the older Tipton Green Canal. This connection involved the construction of a couple of new locks, including lock Seven and its lock keepers house on the "twist".
The tail end of the Tipton Green Canal, original home to the Horsley Ironworks, can be seen in pale blue in the following map.
The combined canal then became the Toll End Communication Canal stretching down the hill from Watery Lane Junction on Telford's New Mainline Canal to Brindley's Broadwaters Branch below, which became the BCN's Walsall Canal.
Combined Tipton Green and Toll End Communication Canals in 1945
Upstream to Church Lane Bridge with Lock Eight beyond by Alan Price 1969
Canal bed below Church Lane Bridge by Alan Price 1969
Approaching Lock Nine by Alan Price in 1969
Toll End Locks Nine and Ten with Toll End Bridge beyond
Colourised version of Lock Ten in 1965 - Alf Perks (Keith Hodgkins)
Remains of Lock Ten 1974 (Hugh Potter)
Lock Ten 1974 (Hugh Potter)
Lock Ten by Alan Price 1968
Lock 10 and Toll End Bridge 1975 (Hugh Potter)
Upper Church Lane Bridge 1975 (Hugh Potter)
Toll End Bridge looking west by Alan Price 1969
Brookhouse Bridge Sign by Alan Price 1969
Toll End Junction Today
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).