The Cole is a non-navigable waterway but at one stage it had twelve watermills along it. The Cole is usually shallow but due to the nature of the clay soil in the area the river can be changed quickly by heavy rainfall and can easily flood.
The earliest recorded name of the river from 972AD is Colle which is an old English word for Hazel.
|At Shard End|
|At Wythall (rather swollen by heavy rain)|