Last week I spent a fascinating (and rather frustrating) evening delving through the Canal and River Trust photo archive, which is always a curate’s egg: Whilst there are many stunning images (and many more waiting to be found) the cataloguing and indexing of them is awful and frequently bizarre or inaccurate. Which I guess is part of the charm.
Images from the Canal and River Trust Archive. Click for larger versions.
I managed to locate a whole bunch of images I’ve not seen before, or not seen in this quality – you can browse yourself at the Canal and River Trust photo archive by clicking here. Most are around the 40s-60s.
There are two in particular that will be of interest to the Walsall Wood Contingent: Place these folks. I have, and they’re very telling:
You may remember that a few years ago, I also featured similar archive images of the lost Lichfield Canal and others of the lost Grove Colliery on Lime Lane here – all from this archive.
All of these images can be obtained (for a fee of course) printed in much better quality by contacting the Canal & River Trust here.
Please have a good look, and see what you can spot – I think there are some good weekend talking points here. Comment here or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com – or hit me up on social media.
these are amazing images, the last one, especially, if it is what I think is!
Many thanks for posting them
The Pier Street bridge just as I remember it. Used to love stamping along it to get the metallic clang.
the seventh photo is pier street I used to walk across that with my grandad his name was Jack Barnard my name was Tutsie Fenton
the two canoes in the pic could be me and my mates bob horton and jim robinson we built our own canoes in mrs robinson garage opposite the pier inn in pier street mine was a single and the other was a double it was about 1953