A map of the Main Canal of the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal
The map displays a range of services available on the Main Canal of the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal. Simply click the box next to any service being displayed in the Map Key on the left of your screen.
A brief history of the Main Canal of the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal
|Canal length :||14.9 miles|
|Boat Length :||70ft|
|Height :||6ft 6ins|
|Width :||7ft 4ins|
|Draught :||4ft 7ins|
Various proposals were proposed but the various bills put before parliament but were all defeated. In 1782 the backers of the new canal finally came to an agreement with the Oxford Canal Company that they would contribute to completing the route from the River Thames to the Trent and Mersey Canal by extending the Coventry Canal from Atherstone to Fazeley. The Trent and Mersey Canal Company agreed to complete the canal from Fazeley to Fradley Junction.
The plans for the Birmingham to Fazeley Canal were authorised by an Act of Parliament in 1784. Work began 1786 but did not proceed smoothly. There were errors in the surveying and problems with the quality of both materials and workmanship. However, the canal was finished in 1789 and created a lot of new traffic. The traffic in turn caused problem because of subsequent congestion at the flights of locks at Aston and Farmer’s Bridge.
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