Dif­fer­ent cuts on a Black Coun­try theme

Black Country Bugle - - GAIL MIDDLETON - By JOHN WORK­MAN

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

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