Tame Valley Canal


The Tame Valley Canal is a relatively late 1844 canal in the West Midlands of England It forms part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations It takes its name from the roughly-parallel River Tame

Contents

  • 1 Geography
  • 2 History
  • 3 Features
  • 4 Gallery
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Geographyedit

The canal runs from Tame Valley Junction where it joins the Walsall Canal near Ocker Hill and Toll End, and terminates at Salford Junction where it meets the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal and the Grand Union Canal It is 85 miles 137 km long and has twin towpaths throughout

Between Tame Valley Junction and Rushall Junction it goes under the Midland Metro near Wednesbury and crosses over the former Grand Junction Railway now part of the Chase Line by aqueduct, near Tame Bridge Parkway railway station an unusual case of the railway pre-dating a neighbouring canal

It passes over the M5 motorway near the interchange with the M6 motorway M6 junction 8 and joins the Rushall Canal at Rushall Junction, inside the triangle formed by the motorway junction East of Rushall Junction the canal passes under another arm of the M5 At Hamstead the remains of a wharf can be seen, This served the former Hamstead Colliery Further east, there are two more aqueducts Spouthouse Lane and Piercy, the latter over the Old Walsall Road, and a deep cutting in 200-million-year-old sandstone, under Freeth Bridge now restricted to pedestrians and bikes only at Tower Hill There are no locks on this section, which is at the Walsall Level, but it passes over eight aqueducts within five miles seven of which are original

The thirteen Perry Barr Locks, where the level drops 106 feet, start just beyond the A34 The original lock keepers cottages remain In the adjacent Perry Park, near Alexander Stadium, is Perry Reservoir, a feeder reservoir fed by a stream from the lake at Great Barr Hall From there, the canal passes under the M6 three times, including Gravelly Hill Interchange Spaghetti Junction, shortly after which it terminates, at Salford Junction

Historyedit

1901 map showing the former canal basin at Hamstead

The canal was authorised by Act of Parliament in 1839 and opened in 1844 Its engineer was James Walker

Featuresedit

Point Coordinates
Links to map resources
OS Grid Ref Notes
Tame Valley Junction 52°32′24″N 2°02′07″W / 525400°N 20354°W / 525400; -20354 Tame Valley Junction SO976936 00 miles
Gold Hill Wharf approx, site of 52°32′28″N 2°01′40″W / 525412°N 20278°W / 525412; -20278 Gold Hill Wharf approx, site of SO981937 04
Midland Metro 52°32′34″N 2°01′08″W / 525429°N 20188°W / 525429; -20188 Midland Metro SO987939 07
Holloway Bank Wharf site of 52°32′42″N 2°00′40″W / 52545°N 2011°W / 52545; -2011 Holloway Bank Wharf site of SO992941 10
Chase Line crossing 52°33′04″N 1°58′30″W / 525512°N 19750°W / 525512; -19750 Chase Line crossing SP016948 27
M5 motorway aqueduct west arm 52°33′06″N 1°58′17″W / 525517°N 19713°W / 525517; -19713 M5 motorway aqueductwest arm SP019949 29
River Tame 52°33′05″N 1°57′58″W / 525513°N 19661°W / 525513; -19661 River Tame SP022948 31
Rushall Junction 52°33′01″N 1°57′23″W / 525504°N 19565°W / 525504; -19565 Rushall Junction SP029947 35
M5 motorway east arm 52°32′59″N 1°57′20″W / 525498°N 19555°W / 525498; -19555 M5 motorway east arm SP030947 36
Newton Road A4041 52°32′38″N 1°56′54″W / 525438°N 194832°W / 525438; -194832 Newton Road A4041 SP035940 40
Chimney Bridge 52°32′34″N 1°56′50″W / 525427°N 19471°W / 525427; -19471 Chimney Bridge SP035939 41
Hamstead Wharf and basin site of 52°32′20″N 1°56′25″W / 525389°N 19403°W / 525389; -19403 Hamstead Wharf and basin site of SP038936 44
Spouthouse Lane Aqueduct 52°32′15″N 1°56′06″W / 525374°N 19349°W / 525374; -19349 Spouthouse Lane Aqueduct SP044933 47
Piercy Aqueduct 52°32′10″N 1°55′49″W / 525360°N 19302°W / 525360; -19302 Piercy Aqueduct SP047931 50
Freeth Bridge 52°31′59″N 1°55′13″W / 525331°N 19203°W / 525331; -19203 Freeth Bridge SP054928 54
A34 road 52°31′57″N 1°54′56″W / 525326°N 19155°W / 525326; -19155 A34 SP057927 56
Perry Barr Top Lock 1 52°31′57″N 1°54′52″W / 525326°N 19144°W / 525326; -19144 Perry Barr Top Lock 1 SP061927 56
Perry Barr Lock 2 52°31′58″N 1°54′45″W / 525327°N 19126°W / 525327; -19126 Perry Barr Lock 2 SP059928 57
Perry Barr Lock 3 52°31′58″N 1°54′39″W / 525327°N 19109°W / 525327; -19109 Perry Barr Lock 3 SP060928 58
Perry Barr Lock 4 52°31′58″N 1°54′33″W / 525327°N 19091°W / 525327; -19091 Perry Barr Lock 4 SP061928 58
Perry Barr Lock 5 52°31′58″N 1°54′26″W / 525328°N 19073°W / 525328; -19073 Perry Barr Lock 5 SP062928 59
Perry Barr Lock 6 52°31′58″N 1°54′20″W / 525328°N 19056°W / 525328; -19056 Perry Barr Lock 6 SP064928 60
Perry Barr Lock 7 52°31′58″N 1°54′14″W / 525329°N 19039°W / 525329; -19039 Perry Barr Lock 7 SP065928 61
Perry Reservoir 52°31′55″N 1°54′09″W / 525320°N 19024°W / 525320; -19024 Perry Reservoir SP066927 62
M6 motorway 52°31′58″N 1°54′00″W / 525328°N 19000°W / 525328; -19000 M6 SP067928 63
Perry Barr Lock 8 52°31′54″N 1°53′46″W / 525318°N 18961°W / 525318; -18961 Perry Barr Lock 8 SP070927 64
Perry Barr Lock 9 52°31′51″N 1°53′38″W / 525308°N 18938°W / 525308; -18938 Perry Barr Lock 9 SP072925 65
Perry Barr Lock 10 52°31′48″N 1°53′33″W / 525301°N 18924°W / 525301; -18924 Perry Barr Lock 10 SP072925 66
College Road A453 52°31′48″N 1°53′31″W / 525299°N 18920°W / 525299; -18920 College Road A453 SP073924 66
Perry Barr Lock 11 52°31′43″N 1°53′21″W / 525285°N 18892°W / 525285; -18892 Perry Barr Lock 11 SP075923 67
M6 motorway 52°31′22″N 1°52′53″W / 525229°N 18815°W / 525229; -18815 M6 motorway SP080917 72
Perry Barr Lock 12 Witton Locks 52°30′53″N 1°52′21″W / 525148°N 18725°W / 525148; -18725 Perry Barr Lock 12 Witton Locks SP086908 78
Perry Barr Lock 13 Witton Locks 52°30′50″N 1°52′16″W / 525140°N 18712°W / 525140; -18712 Perry Barr Lock 13 Witton Locks SP087907 79
Cross-City Line 52°30′42″N 1°51′59″W / 525118°N 18665°W / 525118; -18665 Cross-City Line SP090904 82
Gravelly Hill Interchange 52°30′40″N 1°51′55″W / 525111°N 18652°W / 525111; -18652 Gravelly Hill Interchange Spaghetti Junction SP091904 84
Lichfield Road A5127 52°30′32″N 1°51′37″W / 525089°N 18603°W / 525089; -18603 Lichfield Road A5127 SP094901 85
Salford Junction 52°30′31″N 1°51′35″W / 525087°N 18598°W / 525087; -18598 Salford Junction Tame Valley Canal SP095901 85

Galleryedit

See alsoedit

  • UK Waterways portal
  • Canals of Great Britain
  • History of the British canal system

Referencesedit

  • Pearson, Michael 1989 Canal Companion - Birmingham Canal Navigations J M Pearson & Associates ISBN 0-907864-49-X 

External linksedit

  • Waterscape: Tame Valley Canal
  • Up the Cut
  • Photographic guide

Coordinates: 52°32′38″N 1°56′54″W / 525438°N 194832°W / 525438; -194832



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