SP1869 : Dick's Lane Bridge south of Kingswood, Warwickshire

taken 12 years ago, near to Turner's Green, Warwickshire, England

Dick's Lane Bridge south of Kingswood, Warwickshire
Dick's Lane Bridge south of Kingswood, Warwickshire
Bridge No 39 across the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal is adjacent to Lock No 25, the third lock up in the Lapworth flight of 26. The bridges on this canal were constructed with a split in the middle so that the horse could pull the boat through without being unhitched. For this reason the bridges could be made narrower with no towpath required beneath them.

The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal

The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal links the Worcester and Birmingham Canal at King's Norton Junction with the River Avon at Stratford. The canal is 255 miles long, and has 56 locks*, the last onto the river being a broad lock. The canal was built in several stages (including changes of route) from 1793 on, finally opening fully to the River Avon in 1815. Multiple changes of ownership followed leading to the Great Western Railway taking control by 1863.

By the 1950s the section north of Lapworth was rarely being used, and the southern section from Lapworth was badly silted with some unusable locks. It is believed that the last boat reached Stratford in the early 1930s, though a pleasure cruiser reached Wilmcote at Easter in 1947.

Threat of total closure of the southern section in the mid 1950s caused protests, leading to an enquiry in 1958, and a big public campaign to save the canal, so the abandonment plans were reversed in 1959.

The National Trust took on the task of restoring the southern section of the canal in 1960, leading to its re-opening by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother on 11 July 1964. Control was passed to the British Waterways Board in 1988, then to the Canal and River Trust in 2012.

*One stop-lock at King's Norton is unused and open, another at Kingswood Junction is duplicated.

(Details reduced from Nicholson's Waterways Guide No 2)

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This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Dick's Lane Bridge [16] · Lock No 26 on the Lapworth Flight [11] · Boat [6] ·
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Roger D Kidd   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Monday, 27 August, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 31 October, 2013
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 1868 6998 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:19.6559N 1:43.6393W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 1869 6995
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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