Birmingham Road Tunnel

The Birmingham Road tunnel under construction in early 2007


The canal will pass under the Birmingham Road roundabout in a tunnel (culvert) which was constructed by the Trust in 2006/7 and temporarily buried.


Location

Access:
Alignment: On canal line
Huddlesford: 2.70 Miles (4.30 Kms.)
Catshill: 5.90 Miles (9.60 Kms.)

GPS

52.66938, -1.83416

Nearby



Birmingham Rail Crossing

Birmingham Rail Bridge 

The crossing of the Lichfield to Birmingham “Cross-City Line” Railway is a major obstacle to restoration of the canal.

Designs for this new bridge being prepared together with the adjacent new Relief Road. Unfortunately the position of a sub-station and catenery support means the road and canal cannot share a common portal.

Expected to be built at the end of 2019 at a cost of around £1m. A new David Suchet Appeal has been launched  to raise the necessary funds.

Location

Access: Private property - no access
Alignment: On canal line
Huddlesford: 2.60 Miles (4.30 Kms.)
Catshill: 6.00 Miles (9.60 Kms.)

GPS

52.66958, -1.83095

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New Lock 22

Shortbutts Lane bridge in 1955

Old Lock 22 and Shortbutts Lane are shown in the picture. Re-routing of the canal is required here to avoid the Sandfields area which has been extensively rebuilt. The new Lock 22 will be a structure with a rise of 3.0m lifting the canal to match the design level of the Birmingham Road Culvert.

Lock 22 would include a towpath turnover bridge across the tail of the lock to link the shared use section of the bypass footway/cycleway back to the south side of the canal where the towpath continues towards the railway and Birmingham Road.



Location

Access: Private property - no access
Alignment: On canal line
Huddlesford: -
Catshill: -

GPS

52.67023, -1.82691

Nearby



Lock 23

Lock 23  on O.S. Map from 1883

This heritage lock is buried and it hoped that it can be restored and incorporated into the new route in this area.




Location

Access:
Alignment: On canal line
Huddlesford: -
Catshill: -

GPS

52.67177, -1.82348

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St Johns Wharf and Basin (site of)

St Johns Wharf and Basin (site of) 

Key Lichfield Wharf for the transhipment of coal from the canal system into Lichfield. This was also the site of the old White Lion wharf side public house which finally closed in 1954




Location

Access:
Alignment:
Huddlesford: -
Catshill: -

GPS

52.67185, -1.82307

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St Johns Bridge London Road

St Johns Bridge London Road 

Canal Bridge Re built in the 1930's




Location

Access:
Alignment: On canal line
Huddlesford: 2.20 Miles (3.60 Kms.)
Catshill: 6.40 Miles (10.00 Kms.)

GPS

52.67195, -1.82252

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London Road Wharf - Gallows Wharf (Site of)

London Road Wharf - Gallows Wharf (Site of) 

On the 1884 Ordnance Survey Map, the area is called Gallow’s Wharf, but by the 1920s it was known as St John’s Wharf.

The wharf is close to the site of the Lichfield Gallows originally erected in 1532 where the last  people were hung on 1st June 1801, with three forgers receiving their punishment.

Read  “The Lichfield Gallows”  on Lichfield Lore.




Location

Access:
Alignment:
Huddlesford: -
Catshill: -

GPS

52.67188, -1.82139

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Cromwell Meadow

A re-enactment of the Siege of Lichfield

Historic Site of encampment used by the Parliamentarians during the siege of Lichfield in 1643. 

Cromwell Meadow is now a housing development.


For more on the Siege of Lichfield see Lichfield and The Civil War 



Location

Access:
Alignment: South of canal
Huddlesford: -
Catshill: -

GPS

52.67093, -1.81868

Nearby



New Lock 24

Site of the new Lock 24 at Tamworth Road

To avoid a hump-back bridge at Cricket Lane the original Lock 24 will not be used and a new Lock 24 built on the north-west side of Cricket Lane.



Location

Access:
Alignment:
Huddlesford: -
Catshill: -

GPS

52.67234, -1.81594

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Cricket Lane Bridge

Cricket Lane.  Entrance to Borrowcop Locks Canal Park is on the left.

A new bridge is required for the canal to pass below Cricket Lane.

Cricket Lane is part of the ancient Roman Road Ryknild or Icknield Street  running roughly south-west to north-east through England.  Locally it passes through Wall, along Knowle Lane, Cricket Lane, Quarry Hills Lane and  Ryknild Street in Lichfield.

Location

Access:
Alignment: On canal line
Huddlesford: 1.90 Miles (3.10 Kms.)
Catshill: 6.70 Miles (11.00 Kms.)

GPS

52.67224, -1.8148

Nearby

The Shoulder of Mutton Public House an ancient inn is located within walking distance of the canal


BCN 265 Cottage

BCN 265 Cottage (Private Residence) 

BCN Cottage 265 is a private residence.



Location

Access: Private property - no access
Alignment: On canal line
Huddlesford: -
Catshill: -

GPS

52.67233, -1.81413

Nearby



Lock 24 - Restored Bywash

Bywash under restoration    Nov. 11th 2015

Uncovered in 2014, this bywash has been restored as a typical example  of a common canal feature although it may not be needed for the final canal route. 

A bywash forms an overflow by diverting surplus water over a weir instead of allowing  it to flow over the lock gates. It then flows via a small tunnel into the lower lock.

See also the unusual circular bywash by Lock 25.



Location

Access:
Alignment: On canal line
Huddlesford: -
Catshill: -

GPS

52.67235, -1.81309

Nearby

Lock 24


Old Lock 24

Old Lock 24 

Lock 24 has been excavated to inspect, but has been part filled with soil to conserve untill it can be restored.




Location

Access:
Alignment: On canal line
Huddlesford: -
Catshill: -

GPS

52.67239, -1.81276

Nearby

Adjacent is the original bywash 'tunnel' which has been recently restored