Horse Boating on the BCN: Delph Nine

Delph Locks, Brierley Hill 1954 A BR (ex LMR) day boat leaves top lock of the plumb-straight flight of the six ‘new’ locks, with a load of fire bricks for Tipton (Watery Lane). The flight, completed in 1858, is seen to good advantage to the right of this image. The flight was called the Delph Nine, but actually there are now only 8 locks remaining. The Delph Flight was originally built by Thomas Dadford in 1779, but the middle ones were badly affected by mining subsidence so, in 1856 the affected locks were replaced, leaving the old top and bottom locks in situ and building 6 new ones just west of the old line. In this photo Lock No. 2 is the closest, while the line of the original nine locks can be seen curving around on the left. The top portion of the original alignment, accessed beneath the bridge over which the horse is passing, was left in water as it served a lime works and the Nine Locks Sawmills. At the top left is the original lock-keepers cottage. The single storey building at the foot of Lock No. 2 is a stable block and the chimneys and roofs at the foot of the flight are those of the Delph Firebrick Works. (Image: Collection of Paul Collins Text: partially based on pg. 63 Black Country Canals by Paul Collins)

And, if you’re in the mood for some relaxing gongozzling, you could do worse than take a look at this YouTube video…

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