STOP LOCKS

Canal Boat - - Feature -

Canal com­pa­nies guarded their sup­plies of wa­ter, do­ing their best to en­sure that none was lost to other com­pa­nies at junc­tions. This was done by in­sert­ing a shal­low lock (usu­ally ris­ing just a few inches) to sep­a­rate the wa­ters. A few are still in use (for ex­am­ple Auther­ley where the Shrop­shire Union meets the Worces­ter & Birm­ing­ham), but many ceased to op­er­ate when the canals came un­der a sin­gle own­er­ship. How­ever, you can still see where they were from the nar­row­ing of the canal and old gate re­cesses. Our pic­ture shows Nechells Lock where the Birm­ing­ham & War­wick Junction Canal (which be­came part of the Grand Union) met the Birm­ing­ham & Faze­ley (part of the BCN).

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