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Moorcroft Junction.
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The Bradley Canal starts at Moorcroft Junction with the Walsall Canal, shown above.  We are standing on the towpath looking across the Walsall Canal and into the Bradley Canal.  Head left along the Walsall Canal for Tame Valley Junction and right for Walsall Junction

Lock 1 on the Bradley Canal

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Lock 1 on the Bradley Canal.
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Lock 1 on the Bradley Canal is the first of nine locks which will lift boats from the Walsall level to the Wolverhampton level of the Birmingham Canal Navigations.

The lock has been partially restored then filled in for safety and to preserve the lock.  The infill can easily be removed later.

Lock 2 on the Bradley Canal

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Lock 2 on the Bradley Canal.
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Lock 2, like lock 1, has been partially restored then filled in for safety and to preserve the work.

A pipeline crosses the centre of the lock but is high enough to have no effect on navigation.  It will, however, provide an obstacle for large vehicles such as cranes used during restoration.

Bradley Bridge

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Bradley Bridge.
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Bradley Bridge crosses the Bradley Canal below Lock 3.  The almost level road surface today hides the former hump backed bridge.  The top of the arch is still just be visible in the brickwork near pavement level.

It’s believed there is still navigation clearance under the modified bridge but further investigations are required to clarify this.