Wyrley and Essington
We will start our exploration of the lost Ogley Locks flight at Ogley Junction, about half a mile from Catshill Junction in Brownhills.
Map - Ogley Top Lock to aqueduct
When built this wasn't a junction at all as the arm to Anglesey Basin was a mere feeder from Chasewater Reservior. However, yet more coal was found near the reservoir so it was enlarged and a major wharf built at the far end.
Ogley Junction now sports a sizeable basin, occupied by a handful of residential boats with the bank covered with what appear to be Trust pontoons. The entrance to lock number one was straight ahead from the cast iron roving bridge and immediately in front of the two lock cottages, now owned by the LHCRT as a first step towards the restoration of this end.
Ogley Lock Cottages next to lock 1
The first five locks came thick and fast with numbers 2 - 4 lying beneath a garden centre and the gardens of houses built between Ogley Junction and Barracks Lane where the canal emerged from behind a farmhouse and on into the fields beyond.
As there is no line of sight up locks 1-5 this is an image of the parallel road which shows the hill the canal climbed up:
Sadly, there is not much to be seen today as the line has been completely in filled and even identifying the line through locks six and seven is a challenge.
The featureless terrain of locks 6 and 7