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BCN Boshboil Branch, Windmill End.

BCN Boshboil Branch.

BCN Boshboil Branch, Windmill End

Stub of the former canal.

Still looking around the Bumble Hole Nature Reserve area. This was the original canal line, which heads straight down towards Hawne Basin and then Selly Oak (although the latter part is currently derelict and subject to a restoration project. The canal continued behind where this shot was taken round in a loop. It was bypassed when the Netherton Tunnel was built and this stub is now know as the Boshboil Branch.

Most of the loop itself disappeared due to subsidence – no doubt a result of the areas mining history. The other end remains as the Bumble Hole Branch, part of which is used for moorings. This part remained in use as Harris’ Boatyard. A wooden crane was situated near where the white sign can be seen. The name of the branch comes from the “Bosh Tubs”, where hot coke, made from the coal mined here, was cooled. The water in the tubs would boil, hence the name Boshboil Branch.

  • Taken: 10 Mar 2020
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
  • Focal Length 50mm
  • F/3.2
  • 1/100 Sec
  • ISO 100

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