Tuesday 19 October 2021

Walking the waterways (29) : Rushall Canal

The Rushall Canal is a short (just under four and a half kilometres) but important canal in Walsall which links the Tame Valley and Wyrley & Essington Canals. The canal was built in 1847 to take coal from the Cannock mines to Birmingham via the above mentioned canals and also to provide a water source for the busy Tame Valley Canal. 

The canal is a fairly straight narrow canal with nine locks. Despite being an important industrial link the canal passes through fairly rural and exposed areas. The first seven locks on the canal were known as the "ganzy seven" (ganzy being a term for a jumper) as boaters needed them to keep warm!