Birmingham Canal Navigation - Brindley's Old Main Line, Stone Street Bridge, Oldbury
- Reference Number: PHS/1203
- PreviousNumbers: 6805
- PreviousNumbers: BP 197
- Date: c.1940
- Level: Item
- Extent: 1 item
- History Note: In 1767 a meeting of Birmingham businessmen proposed a canal link from the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal at Wolverhampton to New Hall, Birmingham, via the coalfields and collieries of the Black Country. On the 24 February 1768, Parliament gave the go ahead for the navigation to be built. The committee which included some famous Birmingham names including Matthew Boulton, Dr William Small and Samuel Galton, appointed James Brindley to be the the Chief Engineer. The first section was completed in 1769, with the final section being completed on the 14 September 1772, with the opening of the 20 locks at Wolverhampton and Aldersley Junction, which linked the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal to the Birmingham Canal. The Birmingham Canal opened for traffic on the 21 September 1772 and on completion was just over 22 miles in length, with its highest point being the summit at Smethwick was 491 feet above sea-level. However in 1787 the Birmingham Canal Company, decided to drop the summit at Smethwick by 18 feet to 473 feet.
- Description: A black and white photograph of Stone Street Bridge as it crosses the Birmingham Canal Navigation. The top of a smoking chimney stack can be seen above the canal bridge. Photograher: unknown
- Terms:Canal Bridges
- Copyright: Out of copyright
- Access Status: Open
- Contact: Sandwell Archives, Sandwell Community History and Archives Service
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