A flight of locks

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Birmingham and Fazeley Canal

Farmer's Bridge Locks (13 locks)


The Birmingham and Fazeley canal is about fifteen miles in length, and goes from Old Turn (Deep Cutting) Junction, often called Farmer's bridge Junction, to Fazeley Junction, where it meets the Coventry Canal. It has 38 locks, including four flights: The Farmer's Bridge flight of thirteen, the Aston flight of eleven, the Minworth flight of three (rather extended) and the Curdworth flight of eleven (also somewhat stretched out).

The thirteen locks change the water level by 81 feet (about 25 metres).

Top Lock No 1
SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Top Lock, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Top Lock and Cambrian Wharf, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP0687 : Narrowboat descending Farmer's Bridge top lock, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd

Locks 2 and 3
SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Locks No 2, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Locks No 2, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Locks No 3, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd

Locks 4 and 5
SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Locks No 4, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Locks No 4 and Saturday Bridge, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Locks No 5, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Locks No 5, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd

Locks 6 and 7
SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Locks No 6, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP0687 : Birmingham and Fazeley Canal in Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Locks No 7, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd

Locks 8 and 9
SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Locks No 8, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Locks No 8, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Locks No 9, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Locks No 9, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd

Locks 10 and 11
SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Locks No 10, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Locks  No 10, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Locks No 11, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Locks No 11, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd

Lock 12 SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Locks by David Stowell

and 13 (bottom lock)
SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Locks by David Stowell SP0687 : Farmer's Bridge Bottom Lock No 13, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP0687 : Birmingham and Fazeley Canal by Snow Hill by Roger  D Kidd

The two pictures by David Stowell on the bottom row taken in 1975 are particularly interesting. This webpage on the BCN Society site is also of interest: LinkExternal link


Aston Locks (11 locks)


From Aston Junction to Holborn Hill Railway Bridge, a distance of about a mile and a quarter (just over two kilometres) the Aston flight of eleven locks lowers the water level by seventy feet (about twenty-one metres).

Top Lock No 14
SP0788 : Aston canalside by Adrian Bailey SP0788 : Aston Junction, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal by Roger  D Kidd SP0788 : Aston Locks No 14, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal by Roger  D Kidd

Nos 15 to 17
SP0788 : Aston Locks No 15, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal by Roger  D Kidd SP0788 : Top gate, Lock No 15, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal by Roger  D Kidd SP0788 : New hotel by Aston Locks, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal by Roger  D Kidd SP0788 : Birmingham and Fazeley Canal  and Lock No 17, Aston by Roger  D Kidd SP0788 : The Aston Flight, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal by Roger  D Kidd

Lock 17 and beyond in 1976 SP0888 : Aston Locks, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal by Dr Neil Clifton and in 2008 SP0788 : Aston Locks, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal by Roger  D Kidd

Nos 18 to 20
SP0788 : Lock No 18 and Waterlinks Bridge, Aston by Roger  D Kidd SP0788 : Lock No 18 and Waterlinks Bridge, Aston by Roger  D Kidd SP0788 : The Aston Flight, Lock 19, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal by Roger  D Kidd SP0788 : Lock No 19, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, Aston by Roger  D Kidd SP0788 : Aston Locks from Richard Street bridge by Alan Murray-Rust SP0888 : Lock No 20, Birmingham and Fazeley canal, Aston by Roger  D Kidd

Nos 21 and 22
SP0888 : Lock No 21, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, Aston by Roger  D Kidd SP0888 : Birmingham and Fazeley Canal at Lock No 21, Aston by Roger  D Kidd SP0888 : Birmingham and Fazeley Canal at Lock No 22, Aston by Roger  D Kidd SP0888 : Lock No 22, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, Aston by Roger  D Kidd

Nos 23 and 24 (Bottom Lock)
SP0889 : Lock No 23, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal in Aston by Roger  D Kidd SP0889 : Lock No 23, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal in Aston by Roger  D Kidd SP0889 : Bottom Gate of Lock 24, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal by Roger  D Kidd SP0889 : Lock No 24, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, Aston by Roger  D Kidd

Minworth Locks (3 locks)


There are three well spaced locks changing the water level by a total of 16ft 8in (about 5.1 metres).

Top Lock No 1 SP1391 : Birmingham and Fazeley Canal at Minworth Top Lock, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP1391 : Minworth Top Lock No 1 on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal by Mat Fascione SP1391 : Minworth Top Lock by Nick Atty

Middle Lock No 2 SP1491 : Minworth Middle Lock, No 2, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP1491 : Minworth Middle Lock, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP1491 : Minworth Middle Lock by David Martin

Bottom Lock No 3 SP1592 : Minworth Bottom Lock, No 3, Birmingham by Roger  D Kidd SP1592 : Narrowboat in Minworth Bottom Lock by David Martin SP1592 : Caters Bridge on the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal by Mat Fascione

Curdworth Locks (11 locks)


Eleven locks, some well spaced apart, providing a rise of 76ft 4in (23 metres) between Curdworth and Kingsbury in Warwickshire, a distance of about two and a half miles.

Top Lock No 1
SP1893 : Curdworth Top Lock, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd SP1893 : Curdworth Top Lock and M6 Toll Crossing, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd

Lock Nos 2 and 3
SP1894 : Curdworth Locks, No 2, near Wishaw, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd SP1894 : Curdworth Locks, No 2, near Wishaw, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd SP1994 : Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, Curdworth Locks by Dr Neil Clifton SP1994 : Curdworth Locks, No 3, near Wishaw, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd

Lock Nos 4 and 5
SP1994 : Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, Curdworth Locks by Dr Neil Clifton SP1994 : Curdworth Locks No 4, near Marston, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd SP1994 : Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, Curdworth Locks by Dr Neil Clifton SP1994 : Curdworth Locks, No 3, near Wishaw, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd

Lock No 6
SP1994 : Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, Curdworth Locks by Dr Neil Clifton SP1994 : Lock No 6 and White Bridge, near Marston, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd

Lock Nos 7 and 8
SP1995 : Marston Field Bridge, Birmingham and Fazeley Canal by David Martin SP1995 : Lock No 8 and Double Bridge near Marston, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd SP1995 : Lock just North of Marston Farm Hotel by Ken Crosby

Lock No 9
SP1996 : Lock No 9 by Cheatle's Farm Bridge, near Marston, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd SP1996 : Canal Lock by John Carver SP1996 : Canal barge emerging from the lock by John Carver SP1996 : Lock No 9 by Cheatle's Farm Bridge, near Marston, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd

Lock No 10
SP1996 : Fazeley Canal Lock by John Carver ?

Lock No 11 Bottom Lock
SP2097 : Curdworth bottom lock and bridge by E Gammie SP2097 : Lock on the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal by Angella Streluk

Coventry Canal


Atherstone Locks (11 locks)


The flight of eleven locks lowering the canal onto the Leicestershire plain was built during the second phase of the canal's construction, between about 1788 and 1791 when it reached Fazeley. The flight consists of five close together in Atherstone, then three groups of two more spaced out, making the total length about two miles. The water level is changed by eighty feet, just under twenty-five metres, and initially there were sideponds constructed by each lock to assist in the conservation of water. Some of these have been filled in, while others are no longer operational. David Stowell's commentary on his image of Lock No 8 explains all!

Atherstone Top Lock No 1
SP3097 : Atherstone Top Lock, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd SP3097 : Atherstone Top Lock, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd

Locks 2 and 3
SP3097 : Atherstone Locks No 2, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd SP3097 : Atherstone Locks No 3, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd SP3097 : Coventry Canal Locks Atherstone - 2005 by Maurice Pullin

Locks 4 and 5
SP3097 : Atherstone Locks No 4, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd SP3097 : Atherstone Locks No 4, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd SP3097 : Sidepond, Lock No 4, Atherstone Flight, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd SP3097 : Atherstone - Lockhouse at Lock No 5 by Dave Bevis SP3098 : Atherstone Locks No 5, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd

Locks 6 and 7
SP2998 : Atherstone Locks No 6, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd SP2998 : Atherstone Locks No 7, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd

Locks 8 and 9
SP2998 : Side pond at Atherstone Locks by David Stowell SP2998 : Atherstone Locks No 8, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd SP2998 : The Coventry Canal near Whittington, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd SP2999 : Atherstone Locks No 9, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd

Lock 10 and Bottom Lock No 11
SP2999 : Atherstone Locks No 10, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd SP2999 : Atherstone Bottom Lock No 11, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd SP2999 : Atherstone Bottom Lock No 11, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd SP2999 : Atherstone Bottom Lock No 11, Coventry Canal, Warwickshire by Roger  D Kidd

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