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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SO9161 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal south of Hanbury Junction, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SO9667 : Tardebigge Lock No 32, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SO9667 : Tardebigge  Lock No 32, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SO9768 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal east of Stoke Pound by Roger  Kidd
SO9768 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Tardebigge Locks by Roger  Kidd
SO9768 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Tardebigge Locks by Roger  Kidd
SO9868 : Tardebigge Lock No 47, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SO9868 : Tardebigge Lock No 48, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SO9868 : Tardebigge  Lock No 48, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SO9868 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Tardebigge Locks by Roger  Kidd
SO9868 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Tardebigge Locks by Roger  Kidd
SO9868 : Bridge No 54 near Tardebigge Reservoir, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SO9868 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Tardebigge Reservoir by Roger  Kidd
SO9868 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Tardebigge Locks by Roger  Kidd
SO9868 : Tardebigge  Lock No 53 and cottage, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SO9868 : Tardebigge  Lock No 56, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SO9969 : Tardebigge Top Lock No 58, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SO9969 : Tardebigge Top Lock No 58, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SP0273 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal north of  Alvechurch, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SP0274 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal south-west of Hopwood by Roger  Kidd
SP0579 : Canal north of King's Norton Junction, Birmingham by Roger  Kidd
SP0374 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal near Hopwood, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SP0374 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal near Hopwood, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SP0580 : Bridge No 74 near Lifford, Birmingham by Roger  Kidd
SP0580 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal approaching Bournville by Roger  Kidd

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

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