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BCN Main Line

Description: Runs from Worcester Bar, in the centre of Birmingham, where it joins the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, to Aldersley junction on the Staffordshire and Worcester.

History: From Aldersley to Deepfields Junction was constructed as part of the original Main Line, by Brindley, in 1769 and fully open in 1772. The section beyond Deepfields was built by Telford between 1825 and 1838, reducing the total mileage from 22.5 to just over 15.

4th June 1767

James Brindley

Following his survey he put forward two possible lines and recommended the route from New-Hall, over Birmingham Heath, through the Smethwick, Oldbury, Tipon Green and Bilston areas to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal. The cost was estimated at 50,000.

2nd March 1768

James Brindley

Appointed engineer at 200 a year.

January 1769

From Aldersley to Deepfields Junction was constructed as part of the original Main Line, by Brindley.

14th July 1769

James Brindley

The canal committee observed "That Mr Brindley has frequently passed by, and sometimes come into Town, without giving them an opportunity of meeting to confer with him upon the progress of this undertaking" and "expressing their dissatisfaction at not being able to see him at such times".

14th January 1771

James Brindley

Together with Samuel Simcock he denies that the canal was built with many windings to increase tolls. They said that the canal winding enabled it to serve more people.

14th January 1771

Samuel Simcock

Together with James Brindley he denies that the canal was built with many windings to increase tolls. They said that the canal winding enabled it to serve more people.

January 1824

Thomas Telford

He made a survey of the Birmingham canals and recommended the shortening and improving of the line between Birmingham and Smethwick, abolishing the Smethwick summit by a cutting through the hill, a new canal from Tipton to Smethwick on the 453 foot level and a new reservoir at Rotton Park.

January 1825

The section east of Deepfields was built by Telford between 1825 and 1838, reducing the total mileage from 22.5 to just over 15.

January 1838

The section east of Deepfields was built by Telford between 1825 and 1838, reducing the total mileage from 22.5 to just over 15.

January 1994

A Gas Street Trail by Ray Shill, Published by Heartlands Press - Well researched and illustrated guide.

 

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