Thursday 7 May 2020

Newhall Branch - Central Birmingham

Newhall Branch - Central Birmingham

The old Newhall Branch ran east from todays Cambrian Wharf at he top of the Farmers Bridge flight of locks.

It skirted round the foot of the four 1960's tower blocks, round Baskerville Car park and then paralleled Great George St before running out of altitude to the rear of the College of Food.

Aerial view of Newhall Branch (with Gibson's Branch)

Birmingham's Newhall Branch in 1937 viewed from the north

A closer view of the Newhall Branch in 1932

View from above showing the Newhall Branch and the foundations of Baskerville House

A closer look at the Newhall Branch

Entrance to the Newhall Branch from above Farmers bridge Locks in 1957 - DCT Archive

 moored at Cambrian Wharf in 1900 - Bob May Collection from BCNS Archive

Farmers bridge top lock and the Newhall Branch

Looking into the Newhall Branch
Farmers Bridge top lock with Crescent Wharf beyond

Phyllis Niklin image from 1953 - note the comms pylon which was later replaced by the BT tower

Cambrian Wharf

Farmers Bridge top lock - Laurence Hogg Collection

Cambrian Wharf

The same location in the 1970's

Cambrian Wharf 1970's Hugh Potter

Crescent Wharf at the start of the Newhall Branch - Birmingham Archive

Newhall Branch - Birmingham Archive

Start of the Newhall Bbanch, Birmingham - DCT Archive

The road roller is in the Newhall Canal bed, curling round an early Baskerville car park.

Newhall Branch (top left) in 1921

Looking down on Newhall Branch - 1937

Newhall Branch terminus (top left) 1939

The Newhall Branch entering its terminus near Gt Charles Street

Last view of final bridge on the Newhall Branch - Vic Smallshire

Closer view of the final bridge into the Newhall Branch terminus

Looking into the Newhall Branch terminus wharf - Vic Smallshire image

Breach at the far end of the Newhall Branch

Breach at far end of Newhall Branch

Newhall Branch in operation by Bob May - BCN Archive

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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