Pound signs


Ordnance Survey 1883 1:10,000 mapping covering Ogley Locks and Warrenhouse Bridge in Barracks Lane. From National Library of Scotland. Click for a larger version.

The remarkable photo featured at the weekend from Geoff Harrington really has stirred you lot up – lots of debate about the location, photo position and what’s visible – but also, some great points about waterway construction and terminology.

Prompted by the wonderful Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler, for the aid of the debate, I feature a couple of maps: The OS 1883 1:10,000 above, which shows the complete 8-lock Ogley flight, and Warrenhouse Bridge in Barracks Lane. Note the size and shape of the lock pounds (stretches of water between locks).


Interestingly, the canal lingers current A-Z mapping: note ‘The Long Pound’ an name that mystified me for years, and Warrenhouse Bridge – although no longer extant – is marked. Click for a larger version.

I also note the above curiosity from current A-Z mapping: A house called The Long Pound (why? What do we know about that?) and Warrenhose Bridge still marked, although no trace exists as far as I recall. Oddly, the A-Z doesn’t show the basins at Ogley Junction, still very much there.

This is a good point to remind readers there are photos here on the Ogley lock flight and possibly Warnenhouse Bridge shortly after closure, featured in a post called ‘A lost line’, which I reproduce below; all are from the Canal and River Trust photo archive, which can be found here and contains a stunning and fascinating range of images.


That wonderful photo from Geoff Harrington.

The canal had 30 locks in total and was believed to have been abandoned around 1933, but formerly closed in 1957.

The canal is now referred to as the Lichfield Canal and is being restored as part of the Lichfield and Hatherton project, carried out by dedicated enthusiasts.

Comments or corrections? Feel free or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

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5 Responses to Pound signs

  1. David Evans says:

    Hi Bob
    many thanks for these wonderful images and maps. The OS map shows the lost smithy, near Warrenhouse Farm, and, thanks to a phonecall to Reg Fullelove..it seems that stables can also be seen, just to the left of O in Ogley and below lock no 1.
    The crane near the chemical works and beside the canal is an intriguing feature! And, of course, Warrenhouse farm building, its construction and location ,is equally intriguing.
    Many thanks to Pedro for sourcing and offering the maps, and to your goodself for the very interesting photos
    kind regards

  2. Ed Strain says:

    Interestingly, the field to the north of the ‘Pound Smithy’ on the other side of the road is, I believe, the field where the Staffordshire Hoard was found. – in the SW corner(ish). I remember seeing all the activity in the field on my way home to Lichfield from work, and wondering what was going on. If the Chemical Works shown had been sited a bit further East, or the canal builders had dug a bit further North, it may have been found a long time ago!

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  4. Isobel Dams says:

    Isn’t Long Pound house the house lived in by Peter and Edna Marshall? My geography is rusty now, but I remember going to visit them some 50+ years ago. We went up behind the nursery and the house had a canal pound in front of it. At one stage it was drained. I seem to remember that at that time there were some cottages or a small terrace of houses up there too, but that might be a mis-memory.

    • isobel.dams@tiscali.co.uk says:


      The ‘Confirm Follow’ link doesn’t seem to be live – so I can’t do as you ask.




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