Friday, 11 February 2022

The Engine Arm

 The Engine Arm

The Engine Arm has never been lost, but this enigmatic little backwater has changes a lot over the years on its long journey to the residential moorings we see today.

For many years it was a silted dead end to a long gone pumping engine which lifted water to the Wolverhampton Level and for the brave souls that ventured across the Engine Arm Aqueduct, the way back involved a long and tricky reverse - there was no winding hole at the end.

These days the secluded backwater is home to a sizeable residential community which includes a single visitor mooring in the winding hole, in front of the CRT service block.

Its easy to forget how the arm used to look - hence this post.

Engine Arm Aqueduct 1969 - Hugh Potter

Engine Arm Aqueduct 1969 - Hugh Potter

Entering the Engine Arm 1970 - Hugh Potter

Engine Arm 1970 - Hugh Potter

Sunk Boat in Engine Arm 1970 - Possibly oversize "Hamton Boat" - Hugh Potter

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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