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39 - Brewood to Black Country Museum, Shropshire Union Canal, Staffs and Worcs Canal and BCN Main Line.

8th August 2002.

07:45 start from Brewood, a bright but dewy morning. No traffic, well not our way, for the entire day. We intended to get onto the BCN and Meet Andrew Goodland at the Black Country Museum moorings.
At 09:25 we were passing out of Autherley Stop Lock, onto the connecting section of the Staffs and Worcs Canal, to Aldersley Junction, where the Wolverhampton 21 Flight of locks take you up to the BCN Main Lines. We turned left at Aldersley Junction at 09:35 and had the Wolverhampton 21 to our selves, well in our direction, a handful of boats were passed coming down.
Leisurely amble up the flight, reaching the top at 12:40. Just before Deepfields Junction (pass 13:40) there were some kids messing about under Bridge 72 B, some half hearted stone flinging was repelled by pointing the camera at them.
At Factory Junction we turned off right, missing the many young canoeists from the water sports centre, just before the three Factory Locks down to the Birmingham Level. Staying on the Wolverhampton Level we passed through Tipton Green and went straight on at Tipton Junction (14:25), into the secure Black Country Museum moorings. We winded first, then reversed back onto the innermost available towpath mooring (14:35)
That afternoon we did the Dudley Canal Trust trip into the tunnels. In the evening Andrew came over in the Beekymobile and gave us a guided tour of Bilston. We tried the excellent Park Inn, the Holden's Brewery tap, then met up with Kevin Maslin in the Great Western in Wolverhampton.


Brewood Bridge No 14. This section between the two bridges in Brewood are the deep popular visitor moorings, but we have found them noisy in the past. Shropshire Union Canal.


Looking back at Brewood Bridge No 14. Shropshire Union Canal.


Brewood church. Shropshire Union Canal.


Avenue Bridge No 10. Shropshire Union Canal.


M 54 Bridge. Shropshire Union Canal.


The wides before Upper Hattons Bridge No 5. Shropshire Union Canal.


Pendeford Bridge No 4. Shropshire Union Canal.


The long established Wolverhampton Boat Club and moorings. Shropshire Union Canal.


Water Travel hire base and Autherley Stop Lock. Junction just beyond bridge. Shropshire Union Canal.


Autherley Stop Lock. Shropshire Union Canal.


Junction Towpath Bridge No 1 and Autherley Stop Lock. Shropshire Union Canal.


Ron Lloyd's Boatyard at Oxley Moor Stop. Staffs and Worcs Canal.


Looking back at Oxley Railway Viaducts and water main bridges. Staffs and Worcs Canal.


Recently uncovered wharf side remains at Aldersley Junction. Staffs and Worcs Canal.


Just round the corner at Aldersley Junction is the Wolverhampton 21 Flight Bottom Lock No 21.


Bottom Lock No 21. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Looking back at Bottom Lock No 21. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Lock No 20 - The relocated lock on the Wolverhampton Flight, with a single bottom gate. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Lock No 20. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Dunstall Park Bridge and Lock No 19. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Wolverhampton Racecourse - Dunstall Park.


Lock No 19. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Looking up at Lock No 18. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Lock No 19. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


NB Earnest passing a down coming narrowboat in the pound above Lock No 19. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Lock No 18. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Lock No 17. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Looking up from Lock No 17. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Looking back at Lock No 17. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Lock No 16. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


 Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Lock No 15 and Gorsebrook Bridge. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Passing another boat above Lock No 15. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Looking up from Lock No 14 at Lock No 13, 12 and the Stour Valley Railway Viaduct. The chimney belongs to the waste incinerator plant. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Looking back at NB Earnest passing yet another boat in the pound above Lock No 14. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Lock No 13, looking up at Lock No 12 and the Stour Valley Railway Viaduct. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Lock No 11. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Looking back at Lock No 12. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Looking up at Fox's Lane Bridge and Lock No 10. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Looking back at Lock No 11. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


NB Earnest entering Lock No 10. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


NB Earnest entering Lock No 10. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Looking up at Lock No 9 from Lock No 10. Incinerator plant beside this pound. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Jordan's Bridge and Lock No 8. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Lock No 7. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Lock No 6 and Cannock Road Bridge. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Cannock Road Bridge and Lock No 5. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Looking down at Lock No 6 and the incinerator plant. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


When Cannock Road Bridge was rebuilt in the 1930's this 'ole was created for boatmen to get to the bottom offside of Lock No 5. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Lock No 5. The water point once present here has been removed. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Lock No 4. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


NB Earnest leaves Lock No 4. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Lock No 3. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Lock No 3, looking up at Lock No 2. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


NB Earnest approaches Lock No 2. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Looking down at Lock No 3. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Little Lane Bridge and Top Lock No 1. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


NB Earnest leaving Lock No 2. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Top Lock No 1. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Top Lock No 1. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Top Lock No 1. Wolverhampton 21 Flight. BCN.


Looking back at Top Lock No 1 of the Wolverhampton Flight from under Broad Street Bridge. BCN Main Line.


The old FMC Broad Street warehouse and wharf. Sanitary station and water points through tow path gate the other side of the towpath overbridge. BCN Main Line.


Looking back at Broad Street Bridge and FMC warehouse. BCN Main Line.


Horseley Fields Junction, the Wyrley and Essington Canal starts under the towpath bridge. BCN Main Line.


Horseley Fields Bridge, just after the junction. BCN Main Line.


Old wharf and arm just after  Horseley Fields Bridge. BCN Main Line.


Another infilled arm at Horseley Fields. BCN Main Line.


Chillington Rail interchange basin. BCN Main Line.

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Old gauging narrows at Rough Hills. BCN Main Line.


Deepfields Junction, the Wednesbury Oak Loop (Bradley Branch) goes off here. BCN Main Line.


Coseley Tunnel. BCN Main Line.


Beans Foundry at Swan Village. BCN Main Line.


Factory Junction. The three Factory Locks take the canal down to the New Main Line - Birmingham Level. We turn left and stay on the Wolverhampton Level.


Malthouse Chandlery in the old stables. Tipton Green. BCN Wolverhampton Level.


Looking back at Factory Junction. Tipton Green. BCN Wolverhampton Level.


The Black Country Museum Moorings. One of the Dudley Canal Trust electric trip boats are about to take a load of visitors into the Dudley Tunnels. BCN Dudley Canal.


The Black Country Museum Moorings. Tipton portal of the Dudley Tunnel. BCN Dudley Canal.


Holden's Brewery and The Park Inn brewery tap in Woodsetton. Andrew Goodland and Martin Clark look on.

The Tour Continues...


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