Friday, 8 May 2020

Jim Crow Branch - Titford

Jim Crow Branch - Titford

Towards the top of the Oldbury Locks there is a branch leading off to the right, which used to led into the Jim Crow Chemical Works.

The phosphorous  pollution entering the canal from the chemical works was immense - as can  be seen from the first aerial image below.

These days the pollution is gone, but the name lives on as the locks are referred to locally as "The Crow".

Jim Crow Branch stained white with pollution

Chemical works on Jim Crow Branch

An atmospheric view up the Jim Crow Branch

Blakeley Hall Bridge at the foot of The Crow before the M5 motorway deck was added
(Hugh Potter)

Towy entering Midland Tar Distillers 1964

Claytons Yard 1955

Looking straight down the Chemical Arm (left) and the Jim Crow Branch (right)

Claytons Yard

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).

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