Saturday, 30 May 2020

Anglesey Basin

Anglesey Basin


Strictly speaking Anglesey Basin remains navigable, but the short branch from Catshill Junction in Brownhills has such a rich lost heritage I cant resist including a page dedicated to images of the old coal loading infrastructure.

The channel was first built in 1800 to carry water from what is now known the Chasewater Reservoir to the Wyrley and Essington Canal. Later in 1850 the channel was enlarged to full navigable dimensions to facilitate access to the new collieries being sunk in the lee of the reservoir dam wall.



The coal trade continued from this wharf to the very end of canal carrying, only coming to an end in 1967.




Salvation Army Sunday School Outing to Norton Pool (Chasewater) in the 1940's

Before the construction of the M6 Toll this was a magical place to moor but these days the combined rumble of the M6 Toll and its cousin the A5 are always audible, dispelling some of the mysterious atmosphere which hangs over the site.






Probably the best picture of the old loading canopy at Anglesey Basin

1960's loading conveyor with Juniper Cottage in background




Coal Chutes 1951

Tug Helen at Anglesey Basin





Aqueduct on Anglesey Branch


The Chasewater Dam valve 1961



Moving coal from Anglesey Basin in the 1950's


Coal on Daw End Branch taken from Riddian Bridge in mid 50's

Click here to return to the Small Branches of the Wyrley and Essington index page

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).

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Oldbury follow on loops

Oldbury follow on loops

In the same way that we have various loops of canal to the north of Birmingham created by the construction of Telford's New Mainline Canal, the same is also seen in the Oldbury area. In addition to the long Oldbury Loop created by the 1820 shortening programme, there were three further loops to the north, snaking either side of the newly straightened channel.

Immediately to the north of the Oldbury Loop, and on the other side of the new canal, the original line looped around the Globe Brickworks and this remained a full loop till the southern section and the central basin was sold in 1918. 

There followed two more loops heading north, first smaller one linked into Hunts works on the west and then the old line crossed the new canal to the east into the site of Brades Colliery.

Whilst the central sections of these loops were eventually built over, the stub ends were generally retained as loading basins for the canal side industries. In may cases the lines of the old loop canals was reflected in the of the orientation of the new buildings erected.


The original line north of the Oldbury Loop

The Globe Brickworks (top) and the Rounds Green loops (middle)

Third and final loop (top) into Brades Colliery


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).

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Old Delph Locks

Old Delph Locks



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).

Farmers Bridge to Digbeth area

Farmers Bridge to Digbeth area



Deep Cutting Junction 1978

Farmers Bridge Locks 1913

Farmers Bridge Locks at Snow Hill





Digbeth at The Bond


1924


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).

Willenhall and Bilston Branches

Willenhall and Bilston Branches


Line of the Bilston Branch


Line of the Willenhall Branch

Lines of the Bilston and Willenhall Branch Canals
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).

Wolverhampton Railway Diversion

Wolverhampton Railway Diversion


One of the most obscure sections of lost canal in Wolverhampton has to the the High Level Station diversion, created in 1843 to accommodate the construction of an additional Wolverhampton railway station serving a rival railway company.

To achieve this station expansion the line of the canal had to me moved to the south west as marked on the following maps. This realignment took place before the emergence of photography, but even today the northern hundred yards remain in water in the shape of Broad Street Basin.

To the south the other entrance persisted till the mid 1970's on the shape of the Corn Mill Wharf, but these days both the mill and the basin have been lost.

In between the two we now have the Railway Tunnel.





Corn Mill Basin 1938

1938




Corn Mill Basin 1974 (Hugh Potter)

Wolverhampton railway cutting and tunnel 1975 (Hugh Potter)

Broad Street Basin 2019


Roving bridge over Broad St Basin (Hugh Potter)

Broad Street Wharf (Hugh Potter)


The 1970's saw another lesser diversion, this time involving the old cast iron Broad Street Bridge which was painstakingly dismantled and re-erected within the Black Country Living Museum in Tipton.

To facilitate the construction of a wider stronger road bridge,  a new channel was cut at the western end of the old bridge and a new concrete span built. The old bridge was then removed and the original channel filled in, which accounts for the awkward kink we see today.

The old bridge 1975 (Hugh Potter)

The new Broad Street Bridge with the old channel filled in. 1975 (Hugh Potter)




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).

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Wolverhampton Centre

Wolverhampton Centre




In many ways the centre of Wolverhampton is a counterpoint to the centre of Birmingham at the other end of this early canal. 

Both towns became major commercial hubs and the canals were core to their development. In both locations we see industry crowding around the waterfronts but whereas in Birmingham we saw a fan of branches and basins, the development in Wolverhampton was more linear, with a multitude of quite short arms and basins coming off he main canal. 

These arms were mostly privately owned, penetrating the works which lined the canal corridor all the way out to the massive iron works at Bilston.

The problem with this proliferation of basins is that recording each one is an impossible task, so this page captures the main ones and aims to provide a feel for the industrial vibrancy which used to pervade the area.

The Britain from Above from the 1930's and 1940's are possibly the most telling of all. At a time when the rest of the canal network was coming to a standstill, the canals of the West Midlands were still core to the local transport infrastructure, and the aerial images reveal the continued use of thousands of day or joey boats carrying millions of tons of cargo long after trade had slowed to a trickle elsewhere.



Broad St Basin






Extra wide "Hampton Boat" at Top Lock

Broad St Basin 1952

1965



The old Broad Street Bridge



Victoria Basin (left)




1924


Broad St Bridge 1975 (Hugh Potter)

Broad Street Bridge awaiting relocation (Hugh Potter)




Awaiting transportation to Dudley (Hugh Potter)


Broad St before the new channel in1975 (Hugh Potter)





Canal routed under new bridge


Broad Street Bridge after relocation


Can Lane Basin being filled in


Can Lane Wharf 1975


Can Lane Wharf Buildings 1975

Can Lane later

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).