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ICE West Midlands: Birmingham Canal tour

Event organised by ICE

31 August 2023
17:30 - 18:30 BST (GMT+1)
The Library of Birmingham
Centenary Square
Broad Street
Birmingham, B1 2ND
United Kingdom

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The Birmingham Canal was completed from Wolverhampton in 1772. It provided much improved transport links and facilitated the industrial revolution in Birmingham and the Black Country. James Brindley was the engineer.

The canal had two termini in Birmingham, at Crescent Wharf, near Centenary Square and off Navigation Street. Where these branches joined, there is a complex system of cast iron bridges built in the 1820s during improvement work carried out under Thomas Telford. These bridges were strengthened to meet modern standards in 1994 using plate bonding techniques.

The tour will also visit Gas Street Basin, where until a lock was built in 1815, cargoes had to be transhipped over a wall, the Worcester Bar, which physically separated two independent canals. There is a recently constructed cast iron bridge over the lock and the bridge carrying Broad Street over the canal has been strengthened for the Metro extension.

The tour will be led by David Brown, FICE.


David Brown

David Brown

Canal & River Trust

principal reservoir engineer

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David Brown

David Henthorn Brown BSc CEng FICE is Principal Reservoir Engineer at the Canal & River Trust. He is a consultant to Stillwater Associates and the Panel for Historical Engineering Works (PHEW) Member for ICE West Midlands. David has over 45 years’ experience in civil engineering, mostly in canals and reservoirs. His interest in historical engineering goes back to the 1960s.

For more information please contact:

Deanna Newman