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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SP0482 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal near Selly Oak by Roger  Kidd
SP0483 : Bridge 81, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SP0273 : Motorway bridge over the Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0375 : South portal of Wast Hill Tunnel by Philip Halling
SO8453 : Looking towards Diglis Basin by Chris Allen
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
SP0274 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal south-west of Hopwood by Roger  Kidd
SP0482 : Cyclist on the canal towpath by Philip Halling
SP0584 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SP0170 : Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Shortwood by Stephen McKay
SP0172 : Houses overlooking the canal by Philip Halling
SP0173 : Bridge 65, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0686 : Broad Street Bridge by N Chadwick
SP0585 : Ducks and ducklings by N Chadwick
SO8554 : Blockhouse Lock by Philip Halling
SP0483 : Canal approaching Pritchatts Road Bridge, Edgbaston by Roger  Kidd
SO8556 : Bridge 13, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO9969 : Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Tardebigge by Stephen McKay
SO9969 : South portal, Tardebigge Tunnel by Philip Halling
SP0484 : Canalside milepost by N Chadwick
SO9363 : Bridge 38, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling

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

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