The Bradley Canal is the name being given to the waterway created by the proposed restoration of closed canals within the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN). The Bradley Canal will provide a new route between the BCN Walsall Canal and the BCN Main Line.
This will include three distinct former waterways:
Bradley Branch, with nine locks between the Walsall Canal at Moorcroft Junction and Bradley Locks Junction
Rotton Brunt Line, a straight cut off section which once avoided a winding section of the Old Main LIne, from Bradley Locks Junction to Batmans Hill Junction
Old Main LIne, from Batmans Hill Junction to Bradley Workshops
From Bradley Workshops the canal is still open and forms:
The Old Main Line section usually known as the Wednesbury Oak Loop, and sometimes as the Bradley Arm, from Bradley Workshops to Deepfields Junction with the Main Line.
I walked the route recently and the paths are in good condition throughout. I was surprised by the long range views available from the top of Bradley Locks. Please take a look at the photos which form a virtual cruise along the Bradley Canal, starting at Moorcroft Junction where it meets the Walsall Canal, or at Bradley Workshops.
The Uttoxeter Canal once ran from Froghall Junction at the end of the Caldon Canal to Uttoxeter. The canal opened in 1811 and closed in 1849, except for the first lock and basin which remained in use until 1930. The Churnet Valley Railway was built on parts of the canal bed.
The first lock and basin re-opened in 2005 as the first stage in restoration.
This is the latest map to be released covering restoration projects around the connected canal systems. I have two more projects in hand then I’m wondering which to draw next. Do you have any suggestions about which canal restoration projects I should be producing maps for next? Please leave a comment, or email me direct – those most requested are likely to be next on my list.
I’ve just released the December batch of map updates, bringing them up to issue 45. Over forty maps have been updated, although many of the changes are very minor but I like to keep them up to date. Even a very minor change could be important to somebody.