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Titford Pump House at the top of Oldbury Locks.

Titford Pump House.

Titford Pump House at the Top of Oldbury Locks.

Standing Sentry.

A couple of days ago I posted a photograph of the Oldbury Locks. Here, we are at the top of the flight – the top lock visible on the left. To the right is the BCN Tat Bank (or Spon Lane) Branch, built originally as a feeder to supply water to the Edgbaston Reservoir from the Titford Pool, a function it still serves today. Now, it hosts some residential moorings. At the junction stands the Titford Pump House, now home to the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society.Built in the 1850s and originally housing a beam engine, a second was added a decade later. These were later replaced by an electric pump. Its function, which it still performs today, is to move water from the bottom of the lock flight to the top. As the locks have a tendency to leak water, the short pounds very quickly empty. This is a quick and convenient way of ensuring there is plenty of water in the flight for navigation. A little bit of Photoshop work has created a old-fashioned effect.

  • Taken: 3 Mar 2020
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
  • Focal Length 24mm
  • F/3.2
  • 1/30 Sec
  • ISO 2000

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