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Top Lock, Spon Lane Locks, with Attached Footbridge Birmingham Canal Wolverhampton Level, West Bromwich

Description: Top Lock, Spon Lane Locks, with Attached Footbridge Birmingham Canal Wolverhampton Level

Grade: II
Date Listed: 30 March 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 219241

OS Grid Reference: SP0039089869
OS Grid Coordinates: 400390, 289869
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5067, -1.9957

Location: M5, West Bromwich, Sandwell B70 7JR

Locality: West Bromwich
County: Sandwell
Country: England
Postcode: B70 7JR

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Listing Text

SP 08 NW
Wolverhampton Level, W.Bromwich
9/37 Top Lock,
Spon Lane Locks, with
30.3.87 attached footbridge


One of flight of three locks on Wolverhampton Level of Birmingham Canal, with
attached lock bridge. Probably 1790, when Brindley's original flight of six
locks built in 1769 was reduced to the present three; some C20 repairs. Brick,
with sandstone kerbstones partly replaced by concrete. Cast-iron sluice gear.
Upper gate single, lower gate double. Across the lower entrance to the lock
chamber is a footbridge, of cast iron and having brick abutments with sandstone
dressings. The bridge was originally in two halves, with one cantilevered from
each bank, allowing a rope to pass through a central slot. The walkway is now
concreted and the cast-iron railings remain only on the downstream side. The
Old Main Line, on the Wolverhampton Level, was by-passed by Telford's New Main
Line on the Birmingham Level in 1829. (Paget-Tomlinson, E W. "The Complete
Book of Canal and River Navigations", 1978, p 950.

Listing NGR: SP0039089869

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Source: English Heritage

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