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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SP0483 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal near Edgbaston by Roger  Kidd
SO8657 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal in Astwood, Worcester by Mat Fascione
SO9262 : Bridge 35, Worcester & Birmingham Canal by Stephen McKay
SO8857 : Tibberton Bottom Lock No 11 by Mat Fascione
SO8757 : Rad Meadow Bridge north of Worcester by Roger  Kidd
SO8553 : Canal boats moored at Worcester by Mat Fascione
SO9466 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Stoke Prior by Mat Fascione
SO8557 : Bilford Bridge No 15 in Worcester by Mat Fascione
SO8554 : Converted canalside building by Philip Halling
SO9767 : Tardebigge Lock No 36 by Mat Fascione
SO9768 : Half Way Lock (41) and Fenstall Lane Bridge (51) by Jeff Gogarty
SP0172 : Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Alvechurch by Stephen McKay
SO9567 : Lock No 26 near Stoke Wharf, Worcestershire by Jeff Gogarty
SP0586 : Old Turn Junction by N Chadwick
SO8555 : Industrial buildings beside the canal by Philip Halling
SP0686 : Gas Basin, Birmingham by Philip Halling
SP0272 : Alvechurch Marina on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Mat Fascione
SO9869 : Bridge 55, Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO9263 : Bridge 37, Worcester to Birmingham Canal by Philip Halling
SO9260 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal at Dunhampstead by Mat Fascione
SP0585 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal by N Chadwick
SP0580 : Breedon Cross Railway Bridge No 74 by Mat Fascione
SP0686 : Worcester and Birmingham Canal in Birmingham by Mat Fascione
SO9868 : Tardebigge Flight by Stephen McKay
SO9158 : Narrowboat along the Worcester and Birmingham Canal by Mat Fascione

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

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