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Horseley Fields Junction.
110425-080251 – SO 92430 98595 – BCN-ML 20-900

The Main Line of the Birmingham Canal Navigations passes Horseley Fields Junction on its way between Birmingham and Aldersley Junction in Wolverhampton.

Branching off is the Wyrley and Essington Canal on its way to Ogley Junction vi Catshill Junction.

Birchills Junction

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Birchills Junction.
110424-131701 – SK 00250 00117 – BCN-WAEC 33-600

Birchills Junction is where the Walsall Canal meets the Wyrley and Essington Canal, both forming part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN).

The Wyrley and Essington Canal runs from Horseley Fields Junction in Wolverhampton past Catshill Junction to Ogley Junction.

The Walsall Canal runs from Ryders Green Junction through Walsall to finish here.

Fishley Junction

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Fishley Junction.
150615-124734 – SK 00879 04238 – BCN-WAEC 39-980

Fishley Junction, on the Wyrley & Essington Canal, is where the now abandoned Lord Hayes Branch once diverged.

There are proposals to restore the first few hundred metres of this to form the new route for the Hatherton Canal.  This canal would take a new route to Cannock before joining the route of the old Churchbridge Branch to reach the Staffs & Worcester Canal at Hatherton Junction.

Pelsall Junction

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Pelsall Junction.
110424-102006 – SK 01960 04436 – BCN-WAEC 41-210

The Wyrley and Essington Canal passes Pelsall Junction.  It runs from Horseley Fields Junction at Wolverhampton to Ogley Junction.

The Cannock Extension Canal runs north for around 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles).  At the time the sign was errected it was proposed to extend this along the Hatherton Canal to link to the Staffs & Worcester Canal at Hatherton Junction.  That restoration is now planned to join the Wyrely & Essington Canal at Fishley Junction instead.

Ogley Junction

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Ogley Junction.
070908-100952 – SK 04989 04828 – BCN-WAEC 45-300

Ogley Junction is, today, considered the end of the Wyrley & Essington Canal which runs from Wolverhampton.

The Anglesey Branch runs from Ogley Junction to Anglesey Basin.

The third leg from the junction is being restored as the Lichfield Canal through to Huddlesford Junction on the Coventry Canal.

If you look carefully the sign has the word “being” bolted on as a temporary addition which can be removed when restoration is complete.