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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SO9868 : Tardebigge Lock No 47, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SP0585 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SP0584 : Worcester  and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SO9162 : Bridge 33, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO8557 : Bilford Bridge and Top Lock in Worcester by Roger  Kidd
SP0484 : Train by the Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SP0585 : Trees beside the canal by Philip Halling
SO8556 : Narrowboat on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO9667 : Canal bridge and the Queens Head Inn by Philip Halling
SO8556 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal, near Astwood by Philip Halling
SP0070 : Approaching Shortwood Tunnel by Stephen McKay
SO9868 : Tardebigge  Lock No 48, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SP0070 : Bridge 58, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0483 : The Worcester and Birmingham Canal near University Station by Philip Halling
SP0686 : The Worcester and Birmingham Canal leaving Gas Street Basin by Roger  Kidd
SO8757 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal north of Worcester by Roger  Kidd
SP0274 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal, Lower Bittell by Philip Halling
SO9868 : Lock 57, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0375 : Light at the end of the tunnel... by Philip Halling
SO8557 : Canal at Bilford Top Lock near Astwood, Worcester by Roger  Kidd
SO8958 : Offerton Top Lock near Tibberton, Worcestershire by Roger  Kidd
SO8554 : The Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Oast House Archive
SO9667 : Tardebigge Flight, Worcester & Birmingham Canal by Stephen McKay
SO9868 : Lock 53, Tardebigge Flight by Stephen McKay
SO9567 : Bridge 46, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling

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

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