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Birmingham's Canals

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Birmingham's Canals

They say that Birmingham has more canals than Venice – can that be true? There are five major canals which meet within the city and many smaller ones, adding up to 114 miles of navigable water. The original section of the Birmingham Canal was completed in 1769 and delivered coal from West Bromwich to Birmingham. It was a great success and very rapidly amalgamations with other canal companies occurred and lots of new canals were constructed. The network that was created went into every nook and cranny of the Midlands connecting the mines to the manufacturing powerhouses of Birmingham and the Black Country and from there to destinations all over the country. In their heyday the canals carried coal, salt, limestone, building materials, wood, chemicals, general merchandise and, of course, chocolate crumb to the Cadbury factory at Bourneville! Now the canals carry pleasure boats and tourists, providing a fascinating and delightful way to explore the heritage of the Midlands either by boat or on foot along the towpaths.

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Because England only became what it is because of its waterways, because it's all linked together and to the sea. Can you imagine England without its canals?

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