Birmingham Canal Navigations (Gower Branch)
The Birmingham Canal Navigations (Gower Branch) is a narrow canal and is part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations. It runs for 4 furlongs through 3 locks from Brades Hall Junction (where it joins the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Old Main Line)) to Albion Junction (where it joins the Birmingham Canal Navigations (Main Line)).
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.
Notable features of the waterway include: Brades 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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|Brades Hall Junction
Junction of Gower Branch with BCN Old Main Line and Gower Basin
|Brades Hall Junction Bridge||a few yards||0 locks|
|Brades Top Lock
The top two locks of Brades Three form the only staircase on the BCN)
|¼ furlongs||0 locks|
|Dudley Road Bridge (Tividale)
This used to be a very low bridge, but there's lots of room now.
|½ furlongs||2 locks|
|Brades Bottom Lock||1¼ furlongs||2 locks|
|Site of Bradeshall Basin
|2 furlongs||3 locks|
Junction of Gower Branch with BCN Main Line and infilled Dunkirk Branch
|4 furlongs||3 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.