I’m also indebted recently to old friend of the blog The Stymaster (whose Piglog and Publog are much older than my blog and both still going strong) for drawing my attention to a thoroughly engrossing Twatter account which a couple of weeks ago featured the wonderful image above.
The picture is from the mid 1970s, as the poster states, and I think the implication is that it was probably 1976. The image shows the Anglesey Wharf and basin area – the end of the canal – near Chasewater, with a narrowboat moored by the overflow. Note Hammerwich Church on the skyline, and the remarkable lack of mature trees in the landscape.
Old family photo again. End of the #AngleseyBranch #Chasewater mid 1970's. #Wyrleyandessingtoncanal #BCN #canals #canalrivertrust #Birminghamcanals #hiddenworld It was so hot we all swam in the canal to cool down pic.twitter.com/AY1UvQejyI— CRTinspectionTom (@CRTinspectTom) March 25, 2018
The poster is ‘@CRTInspectionTom‘ an Asset Inspector for the Canal and River Trust, and his account is a constant stream of wonderful current and historic canal photographs. Check it out here – well worth a follow.
One thing that never ceases to astound me in pre-1990s pictures of our area is how much greener it is today.
Another image I want to share as a talking point is this one below, of the old ‘Iron Bridge’ as we knew it, by respected friend of the blog and Brownhills Historian David Hodgkinson. David has, of course, the oldest history website for Brownhills, without which there would have been no Brownhills Blog. David has a wealth of images I’m going to share some of soon, as I think they deserve a much wider audience, but more on that another time.
The Iron Bridge was removed in I think, 2007: It was a curious construction, pre-dating welding and was mainly hot riveted together from angle iron. The steps were incredibly steep, and the entire construction seemed to come from a hand that although a competent engineer, had never built a bridge before.
Many Browhillians and Clayhanger folk will remember dragging and hauling bikes, bags of shopping and pushchairs over this remarkable but frankly awful bridge, and this is a great photo.
Thanks to David for sharing it and I’m interested to hear your memories – of local canals in the decades past, inspired by these images. Please do comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at googlemmil do com.