Park Head Locks And Viaduct In Dudley
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Park Head Locks And Viaduct In Dudley

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Back in the day, this section of canal would have been the equivalent of a motorway, and one of the busiest in the country. The northern end runs into the Dudley Tunnel, while heading south under the viaduct, the canal divides to head into Netherton in one direction, and Brierley Hill in the other. The Brierley Hill arm would have serviced the Round Oak steelworks (which is now the Waterfront leisure and office complex) and probably the numerous glassworks in Wordsley and Stourbridge.

The Park Head Viaduct carried 2 lines from Walsall to Brierley Hill and closed in 1993. According to Wikipedia, rumour has it that the original timber viaduct is still encased within its' brick replacement constructed in 1880.

My father, the son of a coal miner, actually grew up near here, and learnt to swim in the Park Head canal basin. He and his friends would also drop down from a canal bridge onto the back of a horse returning unattended to its' stables after a day pulling barges along the canal!

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