Birmingham Canal Navigations (Titford Canal - Main Line)
The Birmingham Canal Navigations (Titford Canal - Main Line) is a narrow canal and is part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Titford Canal). It runs for 1 mile and 2½ furlongs through 6 locks from Oldbury Junction (where it joins the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Old Main Line)) to Portway - Causeway Green Junction (where it joins the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Titford Canal - Portway Branch) and the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Titford Canal - Causeway Green Branch)).
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 a junction with the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Titford Canal - Tat Bank Branch) at Tat Bank Branch.
Notable features of the waterway include: Oldbury LocksThe navigational authority for this waterway is Canal & River Trust
Relevant publications — Waterway Maps:
- Waterway Routes 01M - England and Wales Map
- Waterway Routes 88M - Stourport Ring Map (Downloadable)
- Waterway Routes 85M - Black Country Ring Map (Downloadable)
- Waterway Routes 38M - Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) Map (Downloadable)
Relevant publications — Waterway Guides:
- Collins Nicholson Waterways Guides No 2 - Severn, Avon & Birmingham
- Pearson's Canal Companion: Stourport Ring; Black Country Canals; Birmingham Canal Navigations
Relevant publications — Waterway Histories:
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Junction of Old Main Line and Titford Canal
|Oldbury Bottom Lock||¾ furlongs||0 locks|
|Tat Bank Bridge||1¼ furlongs||1 lock|
|Oldbury Lock No 5||1½ furlongs||1 lock|
|Oldbury Lock No 4||1¾ furlongs||2 locks|
Closed arm leading to an alkali and phospherous works adjacent to the flight. James Crow, who owned and oversaw the operation of the chemical works gives his name to the flight which was known as the "Crow" flight.
|2 furlongs||3 locks|
|Oldbury Lock No 3||2¼ furlongs||3 locks|
|Oldbury Lock No 2||2½ furlongs||4 locks|
|Engine House Bridge||2¾ furlongs||5 locks|
|Oldbury Top Lock||3 furlongs||5 locks|
|Tat Bank Branch
Original feeder to the Smethwick Summit, and is now a feeder (made by Thomas Telford, 1830) to Edgbaston Reservoir (Rotton Park Reservoir) which itself feeds the Birmingham and Wolverhampton Levels of the BCN.
|3¼ furlongs||6 locks|
|Mill Bridge Railway Bridge (disused)||4½ furlongs||6 locks|
Grade II listed - previously used for the malting stage of beer-making
|5 furlongs||6 locks|
|New Inns Road Bridge||5¾ furlongs||6 locks|
|Langley Forge||7 furlongs||6 locks|
|Langley Forge Winding Hole||7½ furlongs||6 locks|
|Uncle Bens Bridge||7¾ furlongs||6 locks|
|The New Navigation PH (Langley)||1 mile and 1¾ furlongs||6 locks|
|Jarvis Bridge||1 mile and 2 furlongs||6 locks|
|Portway - Causeway Green Junction
Junction of Portway and Causeway Green Branches of the Titford Canal
|1 mile and 2½ furlongs||6 locks|
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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.