Birmingham Canal Navigations (Wyrley and Essington Canal)

The Birmingham Canal Navigations (Wyrley and Essington Canal) is a narrow canal and is part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations. It runs for 16 miles and 3¼ furlongs from Horseley Fields Junction (where it joins the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Main Line)) to Ogley Junction (where it joins the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Anglesey Branch) and the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Lichfield Canal (Under Restoration))).

The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 72 feet long and 7 feet wide. The maximum headroom is not known. The maximum draught is not known.

It has junctions with the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Cannock Extension Canal) at Pelsall Junction; with the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Walsall Junction Canal) at Birchills Junction; with the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Lords Hayes Branch (Under Restoration)) at Fishley Junction (under restoration) and with the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Daw End Branch) at Catshill Junction.

The navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust

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Horseley Fields Junction
Junction of the BCN (Main Line) with the Wyrley and Essington Canal
Horseley Fields Junction Bridge a few yards 0 locks
Birmingham to Wolverhampton Main Line Railway Bridge ¼ furlongs 0 locks
Horseley Toll Stop ½ furlongs 0 locks
Lycetts Basin 1 furlong 0 locks
Swan Garden Bridge 1¼ furlongs 0 locks
Wyrley Street Pipe Bridge
Osier Street to Alma Street
2¾ furlongs 0 locks
Heath Town Railway Bridge
Carries the Wolverhampton to Walsall railway line
4½ furlongs 0 locks
The Jolly Collier PH
Closed as of 11/01/17
5½ furlongs 0 locks
Deans Bridge 6¼ furlongs 0 locks
Heath Town Railway Bridge (disused)
An art structure now spans the gap
6½ furlongs 0 locks
Heath Town Bridge 7 furlongs 0 locks
New Bentley Bridge 1 mile and 1¾ furlongs 0 locks
New Cross Bridge 1 mile and 2 furlongs 0 locks
Wednesfield Junction
Junction with closed Bentley Canal
1 mile and 2½ furlongs 0 locks
Wednesfield Junction Toll Stop 1 mile and 2¾ furlongs 0 locks
Rookery Bridge 1 mile and 4¼ furlongs 0 locks
Pyle Cock Inn 1 mile and 5¾ furlongs 0 locks
Graiseley Lane Footbridge 1 mile and 6 furlongs 0 locks
Church Bridge 1 mile and 6 furlongs 0 locks
Trap Makers' Bridge 1 mile and 6½ furlongs 0 locks
Pinfold Bridge 1 mile and 7½ furlongs 0 locks
Wednesfield Visitor Moorings 1 mile and 8 furlongs 0 locks
Wards Bridge 2 miles and 1¾ furlongs 0 locks
Moat House Pipe Bridge 2 miles and 4¼ furlongs 0 locks
Moat House Bridge 2 miles and 4¼ furlongs 0 locks
Site of Moat Green Bridge 2 miles and 5¼ furlongs 0 locks
Devils Elbow Bridge 2 miles and 7¼ furlongs 0 locks
Olinthus Bridge 3 miles and 1¼ furlongs 0 locks
Castle Bridge 3 miles and 3½ furlongs 0 locks
Perry Hall Bridge
The Spread Eagle Pub is close by
3 miles and 6¼ furlongs 0 locks
Pool Hayes and Miles Meadow Colliery Wharf 3 miles and 7½ furlongs 0 locks
Pool Hayes Bridge 4 miles and 1½ furlongs 0 locks
Knights Bridge 4 miles and 2¼ furlongs 0 locks
Holly Bank Basin
Also known as the Short Heath Branch
4 miles and 3¼ furlongs 0 locks
Holly Bank Pipe Bridge 4 miles and 3¼ furlongs 0 locks
Lane Head Bridge
Gated moorings
4 miles and 5¼ furlongs 0 locks
Bridge Tavern and United Kingdom Inn
Pubs on both sides of the bridge. There are secure, gated moorings here. The petrol station nearby sells Red diesel.
4 miles and 5½ furlongs 0 locks
Adam and Eve Bridge 4 miles and 6¾ furlongs 0 locks
Bentley Wharf Bridge 5 miles and 2 furlongs 0 locks
Roughwood Narrows
Site of Bentley Common Bridge
5 miles and 3¼ furlongs 0 locks
Roughwood Pipe Bridge 5 miles and 5 furlongs 0 locks
Roughwood M6 Motorway Bridge 5 miles and 5½ furlongs 0 locks
Edwards Bridge 5 miles and 7¼ furlongs 0 locks
Sneyd Junction
Junction of Wyrley and Essington Main Line and Wyrley Branch
6 miles and 2½ furlongs 0 locks
Sneyd Junction Bridge 6 miles and 2½ furlongs 0 locks
Sneyd Wharf
Sneyd Branch closed in 1954
6 miles and 3 furlongs 0 locks
Sneyd Wharf Toll Stop 6 miles and 3½ furlongs 0 locks
Dudley Fields Footbridge 6 miles and 5¼ furlongs 0 locks
Brick Kiln Bridge 6 miles and 6¼ furlongs 0 locks
Wall End Pipe Bridge 7 miles and ½ furlongs 0 locks
Wall End Bridge 7 miles and ½ furlongs 0 locks
Stokes Bridge 7 miles and 3 furlongs 0 locks
Stubb's Bridge 7 miles and 6 furlongs 0 locks
Birchills Furnaces Basin
Infilled
8 miles 0 locks
Birchills Junction
Junction of Wyrley and Essington and Walsall Branch Canals
8 miles 0 locks
Green Lane Bridge 8 miles and ½ furlongs 0 locks
Pratts Mill Bridge 8 miles and 3¼ furlongs 0 locks
Chase Line Railway Aqueduct 8 miles and 4½ furlongs 0 locks
Forest Footbridge 8 miles and 5¼ furlongs 0 locks
Coal Pool Bridge
Site of Harding's Wharf
9 miles and 1¾ furlongs 0 locks
Hildicks Bridge
Also called Crimea Bridge
9 miles and 5½ furlongs 0 locks
Goscote Hall Bridge 10 miles and 1¼ furlongs 0 locks
Pelsall Hall Wharf 10 miles and 2 furlongs 0 locks
Goscote Lane Bridge 10 miles and 5 furlongs 0 locks
Goscote Lane Footbridge 10 miles and 5 furlongs 0 locks
Electricity Supply Bridge 10 miles and 6 furlongs 0 locks
Hollands Bridge
Also known as Pelsall Road Bridge
10 miles and 6 furlongs 0 locks
Hollands Footbridge 10 miles and 6 furlongs 0 locks
Little Bloxwich Bridge
Little Bloxwich
11 miles and 1½ furlongs 0 locks
Teece's Bridge 11 miles and 2½ furlongs 0 locks
Freeths Bridge 11 miles and 6¼ furlongs 0 locks
Fishley Junction Bridge
Nameplate says "Fishley Lane Bridge", but the lane does not cross here
12 miles and ¾ furlongs 0 locks
Fishley Junction (under restoration)
Start of the Lords Hayes branch which was just over a mile long and was abandoned in 1954
12 miles and 1 furlong 0 locks
Pelsall Works Bridge 12 miles and 4¾ furlongs 0 locks
Pelsall Junction
Junction of Wyrley and Essington and Cannock Extension Canals
12 miles and 7¼ furlongs 0 locks
Pelsall Junction Bridge 12 miles and 7½ furlongs 0 locks
The Fingerpost PH 13 miles and ¾ furlongs 0 locks
York's Bridge 13 miles and ¾ furlongs 0 locks
York's Foundry Bridge 13 miles and 2½ furlongs 0 locks
Site of Gilpins Arm
Infilled and built upon
13 miles and 3 furlongs 0 locks
High Bridge 13 miles and 5¾ furlongs 0 locks
Junction with Slough Arm (disused)
The arm was a private branch canal to serve a colliery
14 miles and ½ furlongs 0 locks
Slough Railway Bridge
Disused railway from Chasewater
14 miles and 1 furlong 0 locks
Jolly Collier Bridge 14 miles and 2¼ furlongs 0 locks
Becks Bridge 14 miles and 4 furlongs 0 locks
Coopers Railway Bridge
Disused railway
14 miles and 4½ furlongs 0 locks
Coopers Bridge
Former swing bridge, now a footbridge to Northfields Way
14 miles and 5¾ furlongs 0 locks
Site of Old Railway Bridge 14 miles and 6 furlongs 0 locks
LMS Railway Interchange Basins 14 miles and 7½ furlongs 0 locks
Market Bridge
Footbridge to Silver Street
15 miles and ¾ furlongs 0 locks
Catshill Junction 15 miles and 3¼ furlongs 0 locks
Catshill Toll Stop 15 miles and 3½ furlongs 0 locks
Anchor Bridge 15 miles and 4½ furlongs 0 locks
The Anchor Inn (Brownhills) 15 miles and 4¾ furlongs 0 locks
Site of Sandhills Canal (Branch)
Infilled and in private ownership
15 miles and 5¾ furlongs 0 locks
Ogley Hay Flour Mill
Now converted into flats
16 miles 0 locks
Ogley Winding Hole 16 miles and 2 furlongs 0 locks
Ogley Junction
Junction of the Wyrley and Essington and Lichfield Canals with the Anglesey Branch
16 miles and 3¼ furlongs 0 locks
 
 
 
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Navigation closure notice: Wyrley & Essington Canal, Navigation: Closed, Towpath: Closed - Trapmakers Bridge to Rookery Bridge — from Monday the 5th of November, 2018 to Sunday the 25th of November, 2018.

Update on 15/06/2018:

After much deliberation we have decided the Third Party works at Church Bridge will now be carried out in November as originally planned. This will allow the Walsall Canal to be used as an easy diversion route during the emergency navigation closure at Teeces Bridge. and allow the rest of the Wyrley and Essington Canal to remain open.

 We apologise for the confusion but feel this will be the best solution for all.

 

Third Party contractors, Bagnalls, will be carrying out works to this pipe bridge on behalf of Cadent Gas.  This will require the installation of scaffolding which will necessitate closure of the navigation. 

Following the emergency closure on the Wyrley & Essington Canal at Teeces Bridge, we contacted Bagnalls to see if we could work together to bring forward their November winter works at Church Bridge, Wednesfield.  As a result, we are pleased to confirm this closure will now be carried out during 18th June to 6th July.  This will avoid having a further closure on the navigation this winter.

Notification sent Wednesday the 13th of June, 2018

 
 
 

Wikipedia has a page about Birmingham Canal Navigations

Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) is a network of canals connecting Birmingham, Wolverhampton, and the eastern part of the Black Country. The BCN is connected to the rest of the English canal system at several junctions.

At its working peak, the BCN contained about 160 miles (257 km) of canals; today just over 100 miles (160 km) are navigable, and the majority of traffic is from tourist and residential narrowboats.

Other Wikipedia pages that might relate to Birmingham Canal Navigations
[Water levels of the Birmingham Canal Navigations] [Rushall Canal] [Rushall Junction] [Fazeley Junction] [Galton Bridge] [Walsall Canal] [Tame Valley Junction] [Birchills Junction] [Anson Branch]
Information retrieved Tuesday 29 December 2015 at 10:01