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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SP0483 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SP0375 : Wast Hills Tunnel by Philip Halling
SP0686 : Birmingham and Worcester Canal Bridge 87 (Bath Row) by N Chadwick
SP0482 : The Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SP0481 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal near Bournville by Philip Halling
SO9161 : Bridge 32, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO9868 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Tardebigge Reservoir by Roger  Kidd
SO9868 : Tardebigge  Lock No 53 and cottage, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SO8554 : The Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Oast House Archive
SP0482 : Bridge over the Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SO9159 : The Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Oddingley by Philip Halling
SP0686 : Narrowboat, Birmingham and Worcester Canal by N Chadwick
SO9158 : Oddingley church and the Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO9969 : Tardebigge Top Lock No 58, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SP0172 : Bridge 61, Worcester & Birmingham Canal by Stephen McKay
SO8554 : The Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Oast House Archive
SP0484 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal, bridge 83 by N Chadwick
SO9263 : Bridge 36, Worcester to Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO8453 : Diglis Marina by Oast House Archive
SP0581 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal near Bournville, Birmingham by Roger  Kidd
SO9159 : Bridge 29, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO9160 : Canal Milestone and towpath by Philip Halling
SP0686 : Bend, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SO8453 : Diglis Bottom Lock by Oast House Archive
SP0070 : Approaching the Shortwood Tunnel by Philip Halling

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

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