It's not every day that I come across an old photo of something completely new to me on the BCN.
Trawling through Hugh Potter's black and white images from the 1970's, I chanced (pun intended) upon two photos of a basin hidden behind an ancient guillotine gate, a basin I have never seen recorded elsewhere.
The narrative tells me it is a basin which went into Chance's glassworks in Smethwick and with a bit of help from Paul Balmer, this is its location:
Here are the two photos which capture the relic in March 1975:
The red arrow is the shed before the roof was removed and the green arrow is the entrance.
This is the basin behind the green arrow taken in 1966 by Martin Leech, after the shed had been removed
For a contemporary context, the entrance used to be on the Smethwick side of Stewards Aqueduct and looks like this:
My thanks to Paul for his assistance in accurately placing these archive photos.
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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).