SO8757 : Rad Meadow Bridge north of Worcester

taken 11 years ago, near to Hindlip, Worcestershire, Great Britain

Rad Meadow Bridge north of Worcester
Rad Meadow Bridge north of Worcester
This is the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, looking east towards Rad Meadow Bridge north of Worcester. The canal passes by the northern border of Worcester here.
Rad Meadow Bridge is No 21 and is a farmer's accommodation bridge. Since much of the land south of the canal is now built on with industrial estates, this bridge still has no public right of way across the canal. Farm land remains to the north, and an area of deciduous woodland remains to the south.
The crumbling brickwork is in need of attention, and soon!
The Worcester and Birmingham Canal

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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Accommodation Bridges

When the canals (or railways) were built in the 18th and 19th centuries, they were often routed in such a way that farmers and other landowners had their land bisected, so bridges had to be provided to allow access to fields on both sides of the canal. These bridges are frequently referred to as accommodation bridges, and however solid and well constructed, often don't lead anywhere except from one field to another.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 21 August, 2010   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 10 February, 2018
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Canals 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 8747 5779 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:13.0906N 2:11.0895W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 8743 5781
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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