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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SO8453 : Diglis Bottom Lock by Oast House Archive
SO9969 : Morning at Tardebigge by Stephen McKay
SP0482 : Railway crossing the Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO8554 : Blockhouse Lock with cottage by Alan Murray-Rust
SP0686 : Footbridge in Gas Basin by Philip Halling
SP0579 : Bridge 73 from the north by Philip Halling
SO9970 : Anglo-Welsh Tardebigge Base by Stephen McKay
SO8453 : Diglis Marina by Stephen Craven
SO9158 : Oddingley Bridge (No 1), Worcestershire by Jeff Gogarty
SO8453 : Diglis Marina by Oast House Archive
SP0172 : Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Alvechurch by Stephen McKay
SO9768 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal east of Stoke Pound by Roger  Kidd
SP0585 : Railway and canal in parallel by N Chadwick
SO9260 : Approaching the Dumhampstead Tunnel  by Philip Halling
SP0686 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SO9364 : Bridge 40 Worcester- Birmingham canal by Jeff Gogarty
SO9161 : Shernal Green Bridge, Worcester & Birmingham Canal by Stephen McKay
SO8657 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal by David P Howard
SO9667 : Worcester & Birmingham Canal, above Whitford Bridge by Stephen McKay
SO9262 : Bridge 35, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0375 : Approaching Wast Hills Tunnel by Stephen McKay
SP0585 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SP0375 : Towing path, by the Wast Hill Tunnel by Philip Halling
SP0484 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal near Edgbaston by Roger  Kidd
SO9262 : Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Hanbury by Stephen McKay

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

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