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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SP0374 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal near Hopwood, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SP0170 : Shortwood Tunnel by Philip Halling
SP0274 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal, Hopwood by Philip Halling
SO9058 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal, Tibberton by Philip Halling
SP0482 : The Worcester and Birmingham Canal, Selly Oak by Philip Halling
SP0481 : Cross Country train passing the Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0585 : The Edgbaston Tunnels by N Chadwick
SO8958 : Lock 16, Worcester & Birmingham Canal by Oast House Archive
SP0686 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal near Five Ways, Birmingham by Roger  Kidd
SO9158 : Oddingley church by Philip Halling
SP0274 : Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Hopwood by Stephen McKay
SO9160 : Dunhampstead Tunnel by Stephen McKay
SP0483 : Aqueduct, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SP0685 : Canalside milepost by N Chadwick
SO9159 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal near Oddingley by Philip Halling
SO9868 : Tardebigge Flight by Stephen McKay
SO9466 : Lola No.2, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO9365 : Lock on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0483 : Canal and Railway by David P Howard
SO9161 : The Worcester and Birmingham Canal, Hadzor by Philip Halling
SP0585 : Bridge 85, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SP0478 : Primrose Hill Bridge, Worcester & Birmingham Canal by Stephen McKay
SP0484 : Canal and Railway by David P Howard
SO9263 : Train crossing the Worcester to Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0580 : Canal bridge at Breedon Cross by Philip Halling

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

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