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Canal History

About the group Canals were the life blood of the industrial revolution but in the twentieth century their usage gradually fell away. Photograhs can show lost canals.

Created 29 June 2012

Reference Spinks Bridge, Walsall Canal. Can anyone help with the history of this bridge?



Many thanks

Michelle L Spinks
Tuesday 28th of March 2017 08:53:46 AM
This is the flood lock which can be closed to protect the canal at times of sea surge or unusual spring tides.

MandM
Sunday 16th of November 2014 04:33:52 PM
Dearne and Dove Canal (now disused with short sections still in water - but has a preservation group)

MandM
Sunday 16th of November 2014 02:46:55 PM
One of series of photographs of the various Steelworks based at the end of the Shropshire Union Canal. One of the firms included the Wolverhampton Corrugated Iron Co Ltd which was established in 1857 by John and Joseph Jones, at Church Lane, Wolverhampton. As the company expanded it relocated to Shrubbery Works, Wolverhampton in 1880. In about 1905 the company relocated to Ellesmere Port to gain ready access to the coast as most of its orders were for export. Most of the Steelworkers came from Wolverhampton, and stories of the time said that they walked along the canal from Wolverhampton to get to Ellesmere Port. My Grandfather was one of those men.

Warwick
Wednesday 28th of May 2014 06:10:42 PM
Hi Warwick do you have any more info on these steelworks as my husbands grandfather was also one of the workers who walked the canal from Wolverhampton to Ellesmere Port.

megsworth
Wednesday 28th of May 2014 06:10:42 PM
Basingstoke canal

It's history can be read about in P.A.L. Vine's 'London's Lost Route to Basingstoke' Clarke,Double & Brendon 1968.

Where's Canning Town?
Friday 14th of March 2014 08:34:30 PM
show almost full extent of the Pensnett Canal

Martin
Thursday 26th of December 2013 11:36:42 AM
Narrowboats alongside the wharf

Martin
Wednesday 25th of December 2013 07:45:18 PM
Tame Valley Canal (Birmingham Canal Navigations)

Martin
Tuesday 17th of December 2013 11:05:50 PM
North end of Netherton Tunnel

Martin
Monday 16th of December 2013 08:36:37 PM
View of the Shropshire Union Canal in Newport

Martin
Monday 16th of December 2013 08:05:26 PM
Dudley No.2 Canal (BCN) at entrance to Gosty Hill Tunnel

Martin
Tuesday 3rd of December 2013 05:59:11 PM
Tame Valley Canal (BCN)

Martin
Wednesday 20th of November 2013 12:07:28 PM
BCN Tug visible

Martin
Thursday 24th of October 2013 09:38:42 PM
GWR railway interchange basin Swan Village at junction of the Ridgacre branch and Wednesbury old canal BCN

Martin
Tuesday 27th of August 2013 05:37:44 PM
St Helens canal (Sankey Navigation)

ColinC
Tuesday 18th of June 2013 06:05:44 PM
View of Cardiff showing Bute Park, Glamorgan Canal, Docks Feeder Canal, Cathays Park, Cardiff Castle, and University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire

BillySastard
Thursday 9th of May 2013 01:49:48 PM
View of BCN old and new mainline also Smethwick gauging station

Martin
Monday 6th of May 2013 04:27:38 PM
Albion Railway interchange basin

Martin
Monday 6th of May 2013 04:16:13 PM
BCN Walsall canal

Martin
Saturday 30th of March 2013 12:55:49 PM
Hi, do you have any information on the history of Spinks Bridge? ... I share the family name and my family had lived in the area a very long time. Many thanks

Michelle L Spinks
Saturday 30th of March 2013 12:55:49 PM
The road crossing the Paddington Arm is Ladbroke Grove. To the west is Kensal Green Gas Works, with loaded lighters on the offside of the canal which most probably would've been towed up by tug from the Great Central Railway transhipment dock at Marylebone Goods Yard or Regents Canal Dock. To the east is (I believe) the Kensington Council interchange dock, where rubbish, dust, sweepings etc were loaded into wideboats and taken away for landfill in the Hillingdon area.

MarkyP
Sunday 17th of March 2013 12:17:54 PM
A photo of the canal in this area can be found here: http://www.steamershistorical.co.uk/steamers_PRINCEREGENT.htm

MarkyP
Wednesday 26th of December 2012 11:43:17 PM
Hello

If anyone is interested, my grandad did work at the gasworks, at Kensal green, and i have photographs of some of the workers there. Also my mums family lived in the dwellings right opposite (on Ladbroke grove) We also have a very short home film of the gasworks yard. If anyone else has pictures of the area, I'd love to see them. Also is this photograph available in a larger format? cheers

nolly
Wednesday 6th of March 2013 05:53:31 PM
Thanks for the post Nolly - sounds interesting. It would be great to make contact - please DM (I can't contact you due to your privacy settings).

MarkyP
Sunday 17th of March 2013 12:17:54 PM
View of Ellesmere Port with a good number of narrow boats present

Martin
Monday 4th of March 2013 06:12:15 PM
This is the point where the canal burst in 1927 and flooded Middleton town centre with the loss of 3 lives. The repair was poorly done since the same area failed just after the canal was reopened in 2002 resulting in a repair that cost a lot of money. This is also the point where the 1793 line was planned to continue northwards in more or less a straight line up the hill. The line with the sharp bend to the west was the original line of 1791 and was in the end the one used.

Frank S
Sunday 3rd of March 2013 03:02:32 PM
Not a canal, but a canal boat within an ineresting railway & waterway scene.

MarkyP
Saturday 29th of December 2012 05:30:21 PM
Bulls Bridge: junction of the Grand Union Canal & its Paddington Arm

MarkyP
Thursday 27th of December 2012 08:16:04 PM
Would that be a "Steamer" at the mills wharf?

MarkyP
Thursday 27th of December 2012 07:47:37 PM
A large number of wideboats can be seen in Paddington Basin

MarkyP
Thursday 27th of December 2012 04:31:44 PM
Batchworth waterways clearly showing navigable R. Chess & railway interchange wharf

MarkyP
Thursday 27th of December 2012 11:28:34 AM
Walkers Boatyard, Rickmansworth

MarkyP
Thursday 27th of December 2012 10:44:41 AM
Nice to see wide boats and a tug in the era in which they worked.

LAURENCE HOGG
Thursday 27th of December 2012 10:36:29 AM
Photographs of the H. Sabey yard with Wideboats ABBEVILLE & SOUTHWOLD in view can be found in Alan Faulkners book, "The Regents Canal". Video footage taken at this location was used in "The Grand Union Canal". Both are thought to have been shot in the 1930's.

MarkyP
Wednesday 26th of December 2012 11:19:31 PM
Correct me if I am wrong but surely this is th Bridgewater canal.

Frank S
Monday 26th of November 2012 02:55:02 PM
Looks to me like the Bridgewater Canal at the top of picture with Hulme Locks leading down to the Manchester Ship Canal/River Irwell at bottom of picture

Hugh Potter
Monday 26th of November 2012 02:55:02 PM
View of railway interchange basin

Martin
Saturday 13th of October 2012 06:26:10 PM
The Rochdale Canal has clearly attracted the cotton industry to this location.

Frank S
Friday 5th of October 2012 03:22:54 PM
The Huddersfield Narrow Canal passes behind the loom works. The Huddersfield & manchester railway (then L N W R) runs alongside. Bothe are heading for the Stanage Tunnels. The Loom Works is still a prominent feature alongside the canal.

Frank S
Friday 5th of October 2012 03:20:44 PM
The Leeds & Liverpool Canal passes through the lower part of this image.

Frank S
Friday 5th of October 2012 03:17:07 PM
The Rochdale Canal passes through the lower part of this image.

Frank S
Friday 5th of October 2012 03:12:28 PM
The canal basin of the Ripon Canal can be seen in the bottom left hand corner of this image.

Frank S
Friday 5th of October 2012 03:09:37 PM
Old Turn Birmingham Canal Navigations

Martin
Wednesday 22nd of August 2012 09:52:59 PM
Crescent wharf, Birmingham

Martin
Wednesday 22nd of August 2012 09:37:21 PM
I have to apologise because I have no deep interest in Canals compared, I suspect to members of this group. I have joined to seek assistance in identification of some 'Notlocated' images which show Canals and Rivers. 1st target is EPW005591.
BigglesH
Tuesday 17th of July 2012 05:04:46 PM
Note interchange basin

Martin
Monday 9th of July 2012 02:17:19 PM
Lost terminus of the Lancaster Canal at Canal Head, Kendal.

Richard Fairhurst
Monday 9th of July 2012 12:21:02 PM
Huddersfield Narrow Canal at Slaithwaite.

Richard Fairhurst
Monday 9th of July 2012 12:18:44 PM
Forth & Clyde Canal near Falkirk with a typical bascule bridge.

Richard Fairhurst
Monday 9th of July 2012 12:15:56 PM
Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal. Still very much standing.

Richard Fairhurst
Monday 9th of July 2012 11:55:46 AM
Now known as the Cotswold Canals and under restoration!

Richard Fairhurst
Monday 9th of July 2012 11:51:45 AM
The rail bridge that was famously damaged in an accident on 25 October 1960 (and subsequently demolished)

Richard Fairhurst
Monday 9th of July 2012 11:51:04 AM
Southern terminus of the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

Richard Fairhurst
Monday 9th of July 2012 11:50:06 AM
BCN top of Ryders Green locks

Martin
Friday 6th of July 2012 07:00:42 PM
BCN Ryders Green locks

Martin
Friday 6th of July 2012 06:30:56 PM
Tug and boats passing works

Martin
Friday 6th of July 2012 05:57:18 PM
BCN Churchbridge lock flight

Martin
Friday 6th of July 2012 05:52:31 PM
Iron works alongside BCN Dudley No.2

Martin
Friday 6th of July 2012 05:51:35 PM
View of the BCN Old Main Line

Martin
Friday 6th of July 2012 05:50:01 PM
The Leeds & Liverpool Canal brought prosperity to Burnley in the 19th Century. This area is near what is now celebrated as "The Weaver's Triangle".

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 04:52:20 PM
The Heywood Branch of the Rochdale Canal runs from top roght to middle left across this image. It was still in water at this date.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 04:44:22 PM
Rochdale Canal at Castleton.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 04:39:28 PM
Rochdale Canal at Slattocks.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 04:33:25 PM
This clearly shows the extensive warehousing at the basin at the end of the Rochdale Branch of the Rochdale Canal. Almost an inland port. All this has long gone.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 04:31:02 PM
Rochdale Canal at Slattocks.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 04:29:18 PM
Rochdale Canal at Slattocks.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 04:28:20 PM
Rochdale Canal and the Manchester and Leeds Railway in the foreground. Littleborough Station is prominent.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 04:26:17 PM
Rochdale Canal and the Manchester & Leeds Railway in the foreground

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 04:25:08 PM
Rochdale Canal at Castleton (formerly Blue Pits)

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 04:22:31 PM
The Leeds & Liverpool Canal attracted all this industry.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 11:46:16 AM
The Bridgewater Canal passes through this image. It was heavily used to supply coal to industry.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 11:40:42 AM
The industry here was attracted by the building of the Birmingham & Liverpool Junction Canal (now better known as The Shropshire Union). The Manchester Ship Canal attracted the oil industry to the area.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 11:38:10 AM
A good example of how the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal attracted industry to its banks.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 11:31:40 AM
The Widnes - Runcorn Transporter Bridge and the LNWR Crewe - Liverpool railway viaduct cross the river Mersey. A pity you can no longer walk across the railway bride. The Silver Jubilee Road Bridge now dominates this area. It provides a good view-point but beware of the traffic!

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 11:28:47 AM
Old Quay at the left hand side of this image with what looks like one of the paddle tugs moored up.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 11:26:18 AM
Old Quay Docks ajoin the Manchester Ship Canal.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 11:24:39 AM
You can just make out the Widnes - Runcorn Transporter Bridge across the river Maersay and the Manchester Ship Canal.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 11:23:22 AM
Waterloo Bridge is now the end of the Bridgewater Canal. Perhaps the connection to the river/Manchester Ship canal can be restored.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 11:22:15 AM
Boats used the river Mersey here.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 11:19:36 AM
Sadly this has mostly disappeared.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 11:18:19 AM
You can just see in the top RH corner the lock into the Mersey & Irwell navigation. You can still see this if you visit.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 11:17:28 AM
Visit this.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 11:15:53 AM
This was siuated by Latchford Locks and was only demolished recently. Another good place to visit.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 11:14:39 AM
This area of the river Mersey was very busy with small craft loading and unloading. If you visit here you can still see the Transporter Bridge - sadly it does not work.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 11:13:07 AM
Visit this for a good view of the Manchester Ship Canal

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 11:11:17 AM
This area of Warrington is perhaps the most accessible and interesting place to see the Manchester Canal.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 11:09:58 AM
For 70 years the Manchester Ship Canal transformed the state of industry in the Manchester area.

Frank S
Saturday 30th of June 2012 11:06:54 AM
I can dip my toes into the Leeds Liverpool every morning. There's so much local history, people don't realize that until the canals arrived there was almost no means of getting from A to B. In their own way they were a bigger revolution than air travel.
stan
Saturday 30th of June 2012 01:09:04 AM