Wyrley Essington Canal - Birmingham Canal Navigations

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Wednesfield to Devil's Elbow Bridge


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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
The battle of Wodensfelde in 908-911 marked a victory by the Mercians over the invading Danes. The site of the battle is uncertain.

Wednesfield thrived as a centre for trap-making and this is marked by the new 'Trapmakers Bridge'.

Few of the original arched bridges survive.






SJ9400 : Rookery Bridge by Gordon Griffiths SJ9400 : Wyrley & Essington Canal - Church Bridge Footbridge by John M SJ9400 : Wyrley & Essington Canal - Church Bridge by John M SJ9400 : Wyrley & Essington Canal - Site of Barn Bridge by John M
SJ9400 : Trapmakers Bridge - Wyrley & Essington Canal by John M SJ9400 : Trapmakers Bridge - Wyrley & Essington Canal by John M SJ9400 : Wyrley & Essington Canal - Pinfold Bridge by John M SJ9400 : Wyrley & Essington Canal - Wednesfield Visitor Moorings by John M
SJ9400 : Wyley & Essington Canal - Ward's Bridge by John M SJ9401 : Moathouse Lane Bridge by John M SJ9501 : Devils Elbow by John M


Devil's Elbow Bridge to Lane Head

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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
The local artist David Rayson painted a seriers of pictures titled 'Ashmore Park to Wednesfield' drawing on the canalside landscape.

Up until the 1970s the area north of the loop had a number of wharves and a rail/canal loading wharf at Wesley Road for coal from the mines at Essington.





SJ9501 : Ashmore Park  to Wednesfield by John M SJ9501 : Green canal under the Olinthus Bridge by John M SJ9601 : Castle Bridge by John M
SJ9600 : Early autumn on the 'Curly Wyrley' by John M SJ9600 : Perry Hall Bridge by John M SJ9600 : Pool Hayes Bridge on Wyrley & Essington Canal by Row17 SJ9700 : Knight's Bridge by John M SJ9700 : It's a dead-end by Row17



Lane Head and Rough Wood

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1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
Passing Lane Head with its lock making and mining heritage the canal crosses the north side of Bentley Common.

The Country Park at Rough Wood formed part of the ancient Forest of Mercia and has a large area of native oak woodland. Together with Bentley Common the area was extensively mined for coal which was shipped out from Bentley Wharf.




SJ9700 : Lane Head Bridge by John M SJ9800 : Wyrley and Essington Canal near Lane Head by John M SJ9800 : Loop on the Wyrley and Essington Canal by John M
SJ9800 : Autumn on the Curly Wyrley by John M SJ9800 : Wyrley & Essington Canal, Bentley Haye by John M SJ9800 : Wyrley & Essington Canal - Bentley Wharf Bridge by John M

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