The BCN Canalside Cottages group has been created by BCN Society member and old friend of the blog Brenda Ward to try and track down the surviving houses, and try and find any images or ephemera from those lost.
This is of course, a worthy pursuit and one that’s thrown up so fascinating posts so far on the group.
I wonder if your readers could help.
I have just started a Facebook group entitled ‘BCN Canalside Cottages’. All welcome to join to contribute & for interest!
There were 273 in total all over the Birmingham Canal Navigations but now there is a mere fraction left. So far I have located 54 in existence but there may be more. I know of the two at the top of Ogley Junction that are owned and rented by Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust (LHCRT) (photos attached) and a bit further afield at Pelsall Junction.
Your readers may know of one or two in the Brownhills area that no longer exist and may even have a photograph from long ago. I believe there was one at Catshill Junction along with a smithy Small map attached). I know this is a big ask but “Brownhills Bob” does come up with some surprises.
The BCN Society
Please do join the group, or if you’re not into Facebook, feel free to comment here or mail me on BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.