The Delph Locks
Monday, 1 February 2021
Sunday, 31 January 2021
BCN Cottages - Wyrley and Essington Canal
Ogley Locks Section (Lichfield Canal)
Known cottage locations
BCN Cottage 30
Located at Huddlesford
BCN Cottage 269
Contemporary photo located at Muckley Corner on the A5
BCN Cottages 271 and 272 (the highest numbers)
Located at the top of the Ogley Locks
Now owned by the LHCRT in preparation for the restoration of the canal.
BCN Cottage 204
BCN Cottage 210
Located at Coalpool
BCN Cottage 265
Located next toLock 24 on the Ogley Locks section.
BCN Cottages on the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal
Cottages on Fleet Street, Farmers Bridge (numbers unknown)
Otherwise known as "Envelope Cottage"as it was used to store stationery
Located at Curdworth Top Lock
Cottages 252 and 253
Located at the top of the Curdworth Flight
Located at Dunton on the Curdworth Flight
Cottages 255 and 256
Located on the Curdworth Flight
Cottages 257 and 258
Located at the bottom end of the Curdworth flight
Cottages 259 and 260
Located at the bottom of the Curdworth flight of locks
Photo by Hugh Potter December 1975
Cottages on the A5 Fazeley (numbers not known)
Friday, 27 November 2020
Pelsall Common in the frost
I ventured out to one of my favourite local destinations yesterday, as part of my filming for the next series of Canal Hunter, a trip which took me to Pelsall Common.
The morning was barely above freezing and for once the normally soft grass of the common was frozen solid, which allowed me to cycle from the Finger Post to Pelsall Works Bridge at the far end where my story was to begin.
The sun was just rising and I just couldn't resist digging my DSLR from the bottom of my camera bag and grabbing a few atmospheric shots:
Cannock Extension CanalThe start of a 5.5 mile canal built in 1860 to access the new Cannock Coalfield. Today just the first mile and a half remain as far as the A5.
Pelsall Common looking northThe three huge ironworks stood on the common ground on the left, but all traces were gone by 1900.
North from Pelsall Works BridgePelsall Common Colliery was on the right with its basin, followed by the mine pumping engine.
Midland Spelter Works were on the left and Pelsall Wood Colliery with its basin and mineral railway bridge on the right.