Thursday, 30 April 2020

Ridgacre Area homepage

Ridgacre Area homepage

The Ridgacre is an obscure corner of the BCN branching off towards West Bromwich from the top of the Ryders Green Locks,  and seems to have died a death of a thousand cuts.



Originally it formed the far end of Brindley's 1769 Birmingham Canal, penetrating the coal fields of Golds Hill and powering the surrounding industry. With the extension of the Birmingham Canal to Wolverhampton it became the Wednesbury Old Canal and over time its identity has become blurred with the Walsall Canal and the Ridgacre Banch.

The Halford Branch in 1974

As the local coal measures were played out the various branches in the area were left to dry out, and the final nail in the coffin came in the 1980's when the Black Country Route was driven over it at water level. This cut off several miles of backwaters and the resulting lack of  boat traffic caused the final mile to become reeded up and is no longer navigable.

The loss of these old waterways is a shame and the following links will take you to a collection of photos capturing what used to be:







7. Haines Branch

8. Ryders Green Interchange Basin

9. Ryders Green Tar Works Branch

Click here to return to the index page

A Canal Hunter video exploring the Ridgacre area can be fund by clicking here

A Canal Hunter video exploring the Balls Hill and Danks Branches can e fund by clicking here


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).

Titford Area homepage

Titford Area Homepage

The Titford canal is the current high point of the BCN network, sitting 511ft above sea level and nestles in a saddle of high land between Oldbury and Rowley Regis.


The lost Canals around Titford and Oldbury

The Titford is approached via the six Oldbury Locks, better known to generations of boaters as "The Crow", referring to Jim Crow who operated a chemical works on a short arm near the top of the flight. It is also home to the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society who use the Titford Pumphouse for their base of operations.


These days the Titford Canal extends as far as Titford Pools and has been navigable since 1837, but before that the pools served as a reservoir to the summit level of the Birmingham Canal, also feeding Rotton Park Reservoir.

There are many lost branches in this area and the following links will take you to pages containing old photographs of these abandoned waterways:

Links to individual canals in this area:

1. Portway Branch

2. Causeway Green Branch

3. Tat Bank Branch

4. Chemical Arm

5. Oldbury Loop

6. Oldbury follow on loops

7. Jim Crow Branch

8. Churchbridge Branch


Click here to return to the 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).

Toll End Communication Canal lower (Walsall Canal)

Toll End Communication Canal - lower (Walsall Canal)
Locks 9 and 10



1945


Upstream to Church Lane Bridge with Lock 8 beyond

Below Church Lane Bridge 1966 (HNBC - P Weaver Collection)

Canal bed below Church Lane Bridge


Approaching lock 9

Toll End Locks 9 and 10 with Toll End Bridge beyond


Lock 9 1966 (HNBC - P Weaver Collection)

Toll End Lock (No9) 1966 (HNBC P Weaver Collection)

Lock 10

 Lock 10 1965

Remains of Lock 10 1974 (Hugh Potter)

Lock 10 1974 (Hugh Potter)

Toll End Bridge 1966 (HNBC P Weaver Collection)

Lock 10 and Toll End Bridge


Lock 10 and Toll End /Bridge Road Bridge 1961

Lock 10 in the early 1970's 

Lock 10 and Toll End Bridge 1975 (Hugh Potter)

Under Toll End Bridge looking east

Upper Church Lane Bridge 1975 (Hugh Potter)

Toll End Bridge looking west

Canal bed at Toll End

Brookhouse Bridge looking east


Brookhouse Bridge 1966 (HNBC - P Weaver Collection)



Brookhouse Bridge looking west

Toll End Junction Today


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).

Toll End Communication Canal - Tipton

Toll End Communication Canal - Tipton (upper) half
Locks 4 - 8









Toll End Junction 1975 (Hugh Potter)

Entrance to Toll End Comms Canal 1966 (HNBC - P Weaver Collection)

Toll End Stub 1975 (Hugh Potter)

Entrance to Toll End - November 1973

Tipton Green (left) and Toll End (right)




Toll End Lock 4 1975 (Hugh Potter)

Toll End Lock 4


Lock 4


Lock 4 (Site of)




1973



Toll End Junction 1975 looking back to Tipton (Hugh Potter)

 Toll End Lock 5 and Workhouse Lane Bridge (was Moat Bridge)

Workhouse Lane Bridge and Lock 5 (HNBC - P Weaver collection)

Toll End Lock 5 beneath Workhouse Lane (Moat) Bridge 1975 (Hugh Potter)




Note the "Bridgeguard" reinforcement underneath




Toll End Lock 5 1975 (Hugh Potter)






 Below Toll End Lock 5 (Hugh Potter)

Toll End Locks 5 and 6



Line of Toll End Communication Canal between locks 5 and 6 1975 (Hugh Potter)


 Toll End Locks 6 and 5 with Workhouse Land Bridge beyond


Below Lock 6





Approaching Lock 7

Lock 7 (HNBC Weaver Collection)


Lock 7 on the twist onto the older Scott Foley Canal below

Lock 7

Stable at Lock 7

Toll End Lock 8 in the foreground


Click here to move to the lower half of the Toll End Communication Canal

Click here to return to the Tipton Area 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).