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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SP0686 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal - Bath Row Bridge by N Chadwick
SP0483 : Narrowboats, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SO9969 : Bridge 56, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SP0273 : Bridge 64, Worcester & Birmingham Canal by Stephen McKay
SO9363 : Bridge 38, Worcester & Birmingham Canal by Stephen McKay
SO8453 : Diglis Top Lock by Oast House Archive
SO9767 : Bridge 50, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO9868 : Tardebigge Flight by Stephen McKay
SO9969 : Narrowboat at Tardebigge by Stephen McKay
SP0579 : Bridge 73, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO8657 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal north of Worcester by Roger  Kidd
SP0482 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SP0482 : Bridge 79, Worcester & Birmingham Canal by Stephen McKay
SO9365 : Lockkeeper's cottage by Philip Halling
SP0686 : The Mailbox by Stephen McKay
SP0585 : Approaching canal bridge 84A  by Philip Halling
SO9465 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal near Stoke Prior by Philip Halling
SO9868 : Tardebigge Lock No 53, Worcestershire with cottage by Jeff Gogarty
SO8555 : The Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO9868 : Narrow boat in Lock 46, Tardebigge flight by Jeff Gogarty
SP0585 : Approaching Edgbaston Tunnel by Philip Halling
SO9667 : Tardebigge locks by Philip Halling
SO8453 : Barge Lock no 1, Diglis Basin by Stephen Craven
SP0482 : Bridge 80 (Bristol Rd), Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SP0686 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal approaching Gas Street Basin by Roger  Kidd

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

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