A quick one for Sunday, and the mapping and canal aficionados out there – a wonderful donation to the local history community reached me a few weeks ago from the wonderful Ian Pell, via the great generosity of Norton Canes historian Philip Burton, who found the remarkable bus image featured here last year.
Please find enclosed plans with the following info from Ian:
The canal was closed by an Act of Parliament dated 5th April 1963 and the accompanying plan is annotated with notes regarding the filling in of the canal in 1963.
The plan also gives some more recent works annotated in red.
The Norton Branch Plan is dated 4th December 1920 although this is clearly a revision of the 1890s original.
These maps are 2-chain plans created by the various railway companies’ Estates departments to illustrate neighbouring land ownership, line features, etc. The second plan of the ‘New Conduit Sidings’, the Colliery sidings, the Five Ways Branch and the Norton Mineral line was drafted in 1897.
The detail on these plans are far superior and detailed from those of OS. Just imagine they were created using a 2 chain length of chain, etc. and then hand drawn and in some cases coloured. Truely wonderful.
I adore this type of plan, and have featured a few here before including one of The Conduit in Norton and a fascinating plan of Walsall Wood Colliery operations under the adjacent railway.
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