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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SP0580 : Bridge No 74 near Lifford, Birmingham by Roger  Kidd
SO9768 : Lock 37, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0686 : Footbridge, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SP0686 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal approaching Gas Street Basin by Roger  Kidd
SP0271 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal near Alvechurch by Philip Halling
SP0686 : Birmingham and Worcester Canal, Bath Row by N Chadwick
SO9159 : Bridge 28, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO9159 : The Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Oddingley by Philip Halling
SO8958 : Bridge 24, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0686 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal - Granville St Bridge by N Chadwick
SO9868 : Bridge No 54 near Tardebigge Reservoir, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SP0585 : The Edgbaston Tunnel by N Chadwick
SP0170 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Shortwood by Philip Halling
SP0578 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal, King's Norton by Philip Halling
SO9260 : Tree beside the Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO8857 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal, Hindlip by Philip Halling
SO8555 : Reflections in a canal by Philip Halling
SO8555 : Railway bridge over the Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0686 : Birmingham and Worcester Canal, Fazeley Junction by N Chadwick
SO9768 : Tardebigge Locks by Philip Halling
SP0585 : The Edgbaston Tunnel by N Chadwick
SP0375 : Bridge 68, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0686 : Bridge 87, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0483 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SP0584 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick

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

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