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Abandoned places around the Birmingham Canal Navigation

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May. 28th, 2009 | 11:42 pm
location: Birmingham
mood: cheerfulcheerful
music: The Fall
posted by: newschmoo in abandonedplaces

I have been cycling on the canals round Birmingham for a few years now but only recently started exploring the canals heading west out of the city. Most of the old warehouse, collieries and factories have been pulled down and redeveloped in the last few years but I found a few things and thought I would post them. Thanks.

I have no idea what these are but they were abandoned next to the canal.
 
 
This is an old abandoned gauging station in the middle of the New Main Line.


All that is left of this old warehouse is the wall along the canal. Blue skies visible where the roof should be.





This is the entrance to an old abandoned canal loop. The New Main Line is a straight very engineered canal connecting Birmingham and Wolverhampton. It replaced the Old Main Line canal which was a looping canal following contours and with several locks. Where the new canal and the old canal intersect the old canal is left as loops. most of the remaining loops are still navigable but this one seems to be completely abandoned. The abandoned partly filled in loop is visible on live maps at this link http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCC&cp=srfyr0gv3vv9&style=b&lvl=1&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&scene=7445282&where1=birmingham&encType=1.


I climbed to the top of the embankment to get a photo of the canal but found this at the top. A low wall then a deep Haha and a high wall beyond.

What you cannot see is that it is full of old rusty metal and mud that looks like you would sink up to your neck.

So I waved my camera as high as I could to see above the wall and got this.


Which I think is pretty good.
I have found some other old abandoned canal arms elsewhere in the city so I might try the randomly waving the camera in the air technique again.
I need to find a way to get to the canal loop and get some better pictures.

Directly opposite the entrance to this abandoned canal is the filled in entrance to another old abandoned loop.


Hope you enjoyed my photos. I would welcome any feedback.
Thanks
 
 
 

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from: stop_drop_loll
date: May. 28th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
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Awesome pictures!! And I have to say, that's a really great shot that you took from just holding up the camera over the wall. Thank you for sharing these!! :)

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newschmoo

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from: newschmoo
date: May. 29th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
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Thank you

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loveshercoffee

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from: loveshercoffee
date: May. 29th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
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These are wonderful. I am so very fond of brick structures; no matter their age, they always look old and aged and even in disrepair they seem sturdy and imposing.

I feel like such an idiot for not knowing about the English canals. I feel compelled to read up on them now!

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Katie

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from: katiefoolery
date: May. 29th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
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The canals are fascinating enough on their own - adding the element of abandoment just makes the pictures even better! I think I liked the pictures of the warehouse the best, although I also liked the one you took by sticking your camera over the fence. That was neat.

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ruthy mandry

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from: glamgothruthy
date: May. 29th, 2009 09:51 am (UTC)
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fantastic - we used to have a narrow boat when i was kid and me and my family when all over the country, it may well be where i go my love of old abandoned and rotting buildings from looking at these!

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from: sushiho
date: May. 29th, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)
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Great photos - I live in Brum and have meant for *ages* to get out there early on a sunny day and explore the abandoned bits along the canals - always been a bit nervous about the junkies that inhabit some of the warehouses though (not sure what it's like in the middle of the New Main Line when you get out of the city, parts of it look quite green, but certainly the canal parts around Digbeth & Edgbaston can be a bit dodgy). If you get any more, please do post them up!

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newschmoo

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from: newschmoo
date: May. 29th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
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Thanks. I have never had any problems round Digbeth and Edgbaston, although I will admit once you get out of the city centre the entire network on that side of the city feels very isolated and some of the longer tunnels can be a bit unnerving.
I started exploring the Old and New Main Lines in the last few weeks and I have felt a bit vulnerable on parts of the Old Main Line particularly the stretches under the M5 where it is very easy to imagine a drug addict mugger behind every pillar.
I have got some photos of the Typhoo basin (before the towpath was fenced off) and the Titford pools (which are very very lonely) which I will post in the next few days.

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katzenklavier

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from: firemasque
date: May. 29th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
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If you need any company, I live in Coventry and would love to do some abandoned-place exploring!

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Helen

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from: hellie79
date: May. 29th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
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They are great! I grew up in the Black Country and spent a lot of time exploring canals between there and Brum, I really miss it round there.

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BCN Abandoned Loops

from: nine9feet
date: May. 29th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
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Interesting photos - thanks for these.
The first loop, which you managed to photograph over the wall, is the Soho Foundry Loop. The in-filled one opposite, identified by the towpath bridge over the entrance, was the Cape Loop.
At the top of the embankment you found the feeder channel that once channelled water from Rotten Park reservoir to the canal a little further along.

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from: newschmoo
date: May. 29th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. I found out last night after I posted that they were the Cape loop and Soho Foundary loop but I didn't know what the channel was. I had assumed that the water from Rotten Park fed directly into the Icknield Port Loop.

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lnearth

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from: lnearth
date: May. 29th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
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Wonderful pictures! Although abandonded, very charming.

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newschmoo

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from: newschmoo
date: May. 29th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Thank you

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kuroraka_chan

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from: kuroraka_chan
date: May. 29th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
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Wow it's rather strange seeing pictures of the place where you grew up on a community like this ^^
I've always wanted to take a camera down there and take some photographs but the opportunity never came before I moved to Staffordshire (although I'm only a 45 min train ride away). Plus I don't fancy taking a £300 camera 'round there. I hope to see more of Birmingham, there are so many abandoned places around there I'm surprised there aren't more pictures of Birmingham here...

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smalljob

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from: smalljob
date: May. 31st, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
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fantastic and great natural lighting on these...i would love to go to these...

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