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

A Grade II Listed Building in West Bromwich, Sandwell

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Latitude: 52.5067 / 52°30'24"N

Longitude: -1.9957 / 1°59'44"W

OS Eastings: 400390

OS Northings: 289869

OS Grid: SP003898

Mapcode National: GBR 2BZ.89

Mapcode Global: VH9YV.C8B5

Plus Code: 9C4WG243+MP

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

Listing Date: 30 March 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1215249

English Heritage Legacy ID: 219241

ID on this website: 101215249

Location: West Smethwick, Sandwell, West Midlands, B70

County: Sandwell

Electoral Ward/Division: Greets Green and Lyng

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: West Bromwich

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: West Bromwich Good Shepherd with St John

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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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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