Wyrley Essington Canal - Birmingham Canal Navigations

( Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 )
Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   Text © Copyright February 2011, John M; licensed for re-use under a Creative Commons Licence.
Images also under a similar Creative Commons Licence.


Wyrley and Essington Canal (The Curly Wyrley)


The Parliamentary Act was passed in 1792 and the canal, built by William Pitt, was opened in 1797 to serve the towns and industry developing around the South Staffordshire Coalfield. It was a typical 'contour' canal with a circuitous route to avoid the need for locks hence its nickname 'The Curly Wyrley'.

The canal runs from Wolverhampton via Wednesfield towards the coalfields at Essington and Great Wyrley (with a now disused branch), Bloxwich, Pelsall and Chasewater. A number of links were added to connect with the Staffs & Worcs Canal, Coventry Canal and Walsall town centre. A reservoir was built at Chasewater to top up the water for the series of locks connecting with the Coventry Canal.



Horseley Fields Junction to Bentley Bridge Junction

1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
The canal starts in Wolverhampton at Horseley Fields Junction with the Birmingham Canal. There were wharves and basins on both sides of the canal.

SO9298 : Horseley Fields Canal Junction Signpost by Phil Clayton SO9298 : Horseley Junction Bridge by John M SO9298 : Canal Bridges, Horseley Fields by Gordon Griffiths
SO9298 : Wolverhampton Towpath by Gordon Griffiths SO9298 : Swan Garden Bridge by John M

The canal passes through Heath Town. Council housing was built in the 1920s on the Old Heath colliery site to the east of the canal. Industrial premises were developed alongside the canal and railway.
SO9299 : Wyrley & Essington canal near Heath Town by Row17 SO9299 : Railway bridge across the canal at Heath Town by Richard Law SO9299 : Wyrley & Essington Canal Railway Bridge by John M SO9299 : Heathtown, canal by Mike Faherty SO9299 : Heathtown Railway Bridge by Mike Faherty


1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
Emerging beneath the railway bridges the canal reaches the former colliery and open cast site at Bowmans Harbour and Bentley Bridge.

SO9399 : Wyrley & Essington Canal - Heath Town by John M SO9399 : Wyrley & Essington Canal - Approaching Heath Town by John M SO9399 : Wyrley & Essington Canal - Deans Road Bridge by John M SO9399 : Wyrley & Essington Canal - Demolished Railway Bridge by John M
SO9399 : Wyrley & Essington Canal - Heath Town Bridge by John M SO9399 : The 'Curly Wyrley' approaching Wednesfield by John M SJ9400 : Wyrley And Essington Canal, Wednesfield by Geoff Pick

SO9399 : New Bentley Bridge by John M SO9399 : New Cross Bridge by John M SO9399 : Wyrley and Essington Canal by John M

The Bentley Canal survives as a basin within the new retail development.
SO9399 : Bentley Canal Bridge by John M SO9399 : Bentley Bridge Moorings by John M

KML

( Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 )
You are not logged in login | register
donate to geograph