The Worcester and Birmingham Canal :: Shared Description

The Worcester and Birmingham Canal was built in stages between 1791 and 1815 to connect the River Severn in Worcester to the Birmingham Canal System using a quicker route than the earlier Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. Opposition from other canal companies meant that for twenty years there was no direct connection in Birmingham, the last two and a bit metres of canal there being left uncompleted in 1795. LinkExternal link

This lunacy was eventually resolved by an Act of Parliament in 1815 and a stop-lock constructed.

Grain, timber and agricultural produce were carried to the Midlands. Industrial goods and coal were carried down towards Worcester, often for onward transport to Bristol. Later, salt carrying was added as a regular cargo. Pairs of donkeys were often used in preference to horses, maybe because they could easily be put onto the boats which had to be legged (or pulled by tug) through the tunnels.

The canal has five tunnels. The longest at Kings Norton is just under two miles long. Steam tugs were used from the 1870s to haul strings of narrowboats through Wasts Hill, Shortwood and Tardebigge tunnels. The Worcester and Birmingham Canal has locks, 58 of them, climbing 428 feet (130 metres) from the level of the River Severn in Worcester up to Birmingham.

In the twenty-first century the ring now formed by the two canals and the river makes a popular two weeks holiday route, albeit partly a strenuous one, lockwise, but there are plenty of pubs, though some are now merely restaurants with a bar. The Worcester and Birmingham Canal travels through some very pleasant countryside, climbing from the Severn through rolling fields and wooded cuttings and slicing through a hilly ridge south of Birmingham.

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by Roger Kidd
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SP0375 : Bridge 69, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO9868 : Tardebigge  Lock No 56, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SP0685 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal, Bridge 86 by N Chadwick
SO9567 : Cottages beside the canal by Philip Halling
SO8555 : Railway bridge over the Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO9969 : Top lock at Tardebigge by Philip Halling
SP0170 : West portal of Shortwood Tunnel by Philip Halling
SP0274 : Canal Cottage, near Lower Bittell Reservoir by Philip Halling
SP0273 : Bridge 64, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0586 : Canal Junction by N Chadwick
SO8453 : Diglis Bottom Lock by Oast House Archive
SP0171 : Bridge 59, Worcester & Birmingham Canal by Stephen McKay
SP0482 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal, Selly Oak by Philip Halling
SP0482 : Derelict building by the canal by N Chadwick
SO8557 : Bridge 16, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0482 : Bridge No 78 near Bournville, Birmingham by Roger  Kidd
SP0686 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SO9667 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal, Stoke Pound by Philip Halling
SP0584 : The Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SO8556 : Bridge 14, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO9667 : Worcester & Birmingham Canal - lock No. 29 by Chris Allen
SP0484 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal, bridge 84 by N Chadwick
SP0374 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal near Hopwood, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SP0478 : North portal of the Wast Hills Tunnel by Philip Halling
SO9667 : Tardebigge Flight by Stephen McKay

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Created: Sat, 18 Dec 2010, Updated: Sat, 5 Mar 2011

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