Listed Canal Buildings (and Some Non-Listed Buildings)

"Societies that survive either create or they curate. For the first two hundred years, the canal builders created, but in the last generation British Waterways has switched to being a curator, and now it's chiefly in the heritage business. Indeed, BW probably looks after more listed buildings and other historic constructions in the country than anyone else. Every canal trip passes under, over, by or through hundreds of these protected structures."
Andrew Denny of Granny Buttons

About one third of the King's Norton listed buildings are canal buildings. These have probably been photographed and written about more by canal and boating enthusiasts from outside King's Norton than by people in King's Norton! Other pages on this web site include:

Junction of Worcester & Birmingham and Stratford on Avon Canals

The Stratford on Avon Canal terminates in King's Norton, where it arrives at the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. At the junction, the Worcester & Birmingham Canal is roughly north (to Birmingham) and south (to Worcester). The Stratford on Avon Canal heads roughly east from the junction, (but eventually heads more southward towards Stratford).

Canal House at the junction, aka "Junction House" (grade II)

This is on the west side of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, at its junction with the Stratford on Avon Canal.

Roving Bridge (No. 72) at the junction (grade II)

A roving bridge provides continuity where a towpath changes sides, or at a junction where one towpath crosses the other branch. It should allow a horse to cross the canal while still drawing the barge. (It may also be known as a "turnover bridge" or "crossover bridge"). In this case, it spans the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and joins the towpath on the north side of the Stratford on Avon Canal with the towpath on the west side of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. (The number 72 refers to Worcester & Birmingham Canal bridge numbering).

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Guillotine Stop Lock

A stop lock is used near a junction of canals with slightly different water levels. (Typically, the later canal to be built is expected to have a higher water level to ensure that it doesn't "steal" water from the older canal). A stop lock then ensures there is minimal leakage from the canal with the higher level to the other.

Guillotine Stop Lock (grade II*)

(This is also a "Scheduled Ancient Monument").

This particular lock is on the Stratford on Avon Canal, just hundreds of yards east (roughly) of the northern end where it meets the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. This lock differs from most locks (including stop locks) in having two counter-balanced nearly-vertically-operated guillotine-like gates, one at each end, rather than the typical swing gates. It is thought to be the only guillotine-gated stop lock on an English canal.

Originally there was about a six-inch difference in water levels between these canals, with the Stratford on Avon Canal normally the higher. The water levels in these canals are now equal here. This was a consequence of the nationalisation of the canals in 1948, from when there was less significance in "stealing" water. The last recorded use of this lock was 1959. The gates are permanently raised so that boats can go underneath without stopping, but the winding-gear is still in place.

Bridge (No. 1) over the Guillotine Stop Lock (grade II)

This road bridge is listed for its group value with the stop lock. It carries Lifford Lane over the lock-basin of the stop lock. There is a guillotine-gate on each side of this bridge, with just their tops visible from the road. (The number 1 refers to Stratford on Avon Canal bridge numbering).

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The sequence of these photographs is by camera position, from west to east respectively.



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Brandwood Tunnel west portal (grade II)

The tunnel is 322 metres (352 yards) long.

An elliptical arch, wide enough for passage of 2 narrow boats, but without a towpath. Above the arch is a circular plaque containing an eroded bust of Shakespeare.

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Wasthill Tunnel

The tunnel is 2,492 metres (2,726 yards) long.

Northern entrance to Wasthill Tunnel (grade II)

Elliptical brick wall with an arch with big keystone in it. Above the arch a stone band with, above that, an illegible tablet stone.

Tunnel Cottages Nos. 1 & 2 above northern entrance to Wasthill Tunnel (grade II)

Painted brick, tiled roof. Two storeys, 6 bays, those of No 1 broader than those of No 2. Dentilled eaves cornice.

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Swing Bridge (this is not a listed building)