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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SO9667 : Bridge 47, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0585 : Bridge 85, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SO9969 : Canal at Tardebigge by Philip Halling
SO9667 : Tardebigge  Lock No 32, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SP0585 : Canalside milepost by N Chadwick
SO8857 : Bridge 22, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO9969 : Tardebigge Top Lock No 58, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SP0584 : Narrowboat, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SO9262 : Bridge 34, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO8554 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Diglis by Roger  Kidd
SP0070 : Canal reflections by Philip Halling
SO9768 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Tardebigge Locks by Roger  Kidd
SP0484 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SP0578 : Bridge 71, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0580 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal, Breedon Cross by Philip Halling
SP0686 : The Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0579 : Children and Bridge 72 by Philip Halling
SP0070 : Trees reflected in the Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO9159 : Bridge 27, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0584 : Narrowboat, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SO9868 : Tardebigge Lock No 48, 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
SO9868 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Tardebigge Reservoir by Roger  Kidd
SO9868 : Tardebigge  Lock No 53 and cottage, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd

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

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