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Junction on the Coventry Canal at the bottom end of the Lichfield Canal (formerly the Wyrley & Essington Canal).

The canalside Plough Inn a few metres north of Huddlesford Junction on the Coventry Canal for food and a drink.


13.90 Km.

8.64 Mls.

Distance from Catshill

Distance from Huddlesford

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The Stop at Huddlesford marked the end of the Wyrley and Essington canal and its junction with the Coventry Canal.  What was The Stop?

There does not seem to be a lock so possibly it was a gate.

The Wyley and Essington extension from Ogley Hay to Huddlesford was built and completed by the Wyrley and Essington Canal Company in 1797.  The Stop marks the junction of these two canals. Two cottages housing the Toll Collectors were built to ensure the companies got their payment.

Bob Houghton’s Whittington Trades History  lists the Toll Collectors  from 1841 up to 1911.

The Coventry Canal was built by the Coventry Canal Company, formed in 1768 and started work on the Canal from Coventry to Atherstone before running out of money in 1769.  It was extended down to Fazeley but the link to the Trent and Mersey Canal at Fradley was not completed until 1789 and was built by the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal Company

Huddlesford Junction

On canal line

Relative Position

Restoration phase


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Photo: Looking south-west along the Lichfield Canal, in water as far as Cappers Lane Bridge.

Photo: Looking south-west along the Lichfield Canal in 1954
          (Arthur Watts Collection)

Photo: Huddlesford Junction in 1954   (Arthur Watts Collection)

Photo: Huddlesford Junction in 2009

Photo: Looking north from the footbridge during the 2009 Huddlesford Heritage Gathering.