BCN Society annual walk with Ray Shill – August 7th 2014

The walk will be from Deakin’s Avenue to Rocky Lane.  

Pump outlet on the Perry Bar lock flight

Water outlet in the Perry Bar flight

Come and join author and historian Ray Shill to learn more about the BCN.

 The meeting point of this walk is Deakins Avenue and Lock 12 on the Tame Valley Canal at 19:00

Aqueduct over the River Tame

Aqueduct over the River Tame, built by Thomas Sheasby

It is our purpose to follow the Tame Valley Canal the canal to Salford Junction and then across the Tame Aqueduct to Aston and following the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal to Rocky Lane.

This is a walk of converging histories. The Birmingham & Fazeley was completed in 1790 and this section built by the contractor Thomas Sheasby.

It was a canal of the age that generated a host of canal building.

It formed part of an early carriers route where fly boats provided swift passage to the major cities in the North West, East Midlands and London.

 

 

 

 

BCN Lock cottage 70, at the bottom of the Aston Flight, Birmingham and Fazesley

BCN Lock cottage 70, at the bottom of the Aston Flight, Birmingham and Fazesley

The Tame Valley was constructed in a different age finished in the railway age, built to the standards of an early railway but equally importantly assisting the iron industry that had been established in South Staffordshire.

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