Old Wharf is arguably ground zero for the Birmingham Canal Navigations.
Its twin arms occupied a site which is essentially an extension to the rear of Gas St Basin, heading west to the site of Alpha Tower and the BCN head office which sat on what is now Paradise Circus. After its destruction the old Central TV building sat on top of it, but this has since been replaced by the new HSBC UK head office and surrounding new buildings, all in the shadow of the Hyatt Hotel.
If you like old canals of Birmingham, get a copy of Richard Dean's map.
Old Wharf, Birmingham 1913
The BCN Offices at the back of Old Wharf
BCN office built in 1773 and demolished in 1913
Old Wharf to rear of BCN office in about 1910
Gas Street Basin 1940
Gas St Basin in the 1960's
Gas Street breach 1901
Broad St Bridge during church demolition
Deep cutting before it became Brindley Place
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).