Different cuts on a Black Country theme
THEY are all around us if you look close enough, the unique Black Country canals with their locks, tunnels and fabulous vistas.
Steeped in the industrial history of the region they remain a tangible link with the great industrial age that swept through the Black Country two centuries ago.
The first canal was opened in 1768, and almost immediately there sprang up alongside its route dozens of ironworks and foundries. More canal building followed until there were more miles of canal in the region than in Venice.
The ironworks and foundries may have gone but the transport system that became the lifeblood of the region’s economy in those early industrial years remains for us to enjoy in all its many guises.
Activity on a Black Country cut The Black Country canal system encourages wildlife. Here a heron stalks a Tividale canal
Canal trips in the Black Country
The flight of 8 Delph locks in Brierley Hill