Last year the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) celebrated their 250th birthday. As part of the celebrations we worked in partnership with the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society and held a number of birthday events along the canal.
Built by canal engineer James Brindley, the first stretch of the BCN was between Birmingham and West Bromwich. Completed in November 1769 it marked an important event in the making of the city as an industrial centre. The waterways rapidly grew after local coal merchants funded sections of the canal so that it served the coalfields. This put Birmingham at the heart of the canal network.
Due to the introduction of the railways commercial trade began to dwindle and canals were closed, but you can still spot the links to this industrial heritage when out and about exploring the waterways
Last date edited: 6 March 2020