SP0686 : Gas Street Basin - Worcester Bar (1968)

taken 54 years ago, near to Birmingham, Great Britain

Gas Street Basin - Worcester Bar (1968)
Gas Street Basin - Worcester Bar (1968)
The view from the entrance from Gas Street looking directly along the Worcester Bar. To its right is the Worcester & Birmingham basin, to its left that of the Birmingham Canal Navigations. Among the boats on the BCN side are a few from the fleet of the Birmingham & Midland Canal Carrying Company. Demolition of warehouses around the far side of the basin has revealed the colonnade of the Town Hall & beyond it the cupola of the City Council House on Victoria Square.
Gas Street Basin in 1968/1969

Stepping through the door of the high wall on Gas Street took one into a private & totally different world, completely cut off from the hustle & bustle of Broad Street.

In 1968 it was still the world (just) of working narrow boats & there was no indication what so ever of the transformation that was to come to Gas Street Basin. The Birmingham & Midland Carrying Company had been formed by enthusiasts in 1965 & a few of its boats could be found in the basin although in truth I think there was little trade for them by then.

Gas Street marked the point at which the Worcester & Birmingham Canal joined the Birmingham Canal Navigation & each company had its own basin separated by the Worcester Bar. Initially there was no connection between the 2 canals - the BCN refused it because of the fear of losing water to the W&B and any transhipment between boats had to be made manually. In 1815 an Act of Parliament allowed a connection to be made but with a stop lock to minimise water loss. This lock has long since been removed.

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Date Taken
June 1968   (more nearby)
Thursday, 22 February, 2018
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Canals 
Primary Subject of Photo
Canal Basin 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0622 8660 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:28.6376N 1:54.5910W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0620 8658
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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