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View across Bradley Arm on Old Main Line Canal

Bradley Arm (Old Main Line)

Also known as the Wednesbury Oak Loop, the Bradley Arm is part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations, and was originally part of James Brindley's main line.

Bradley Arm

Length0.6 miles

Maximum boat dimensions

Length21.34m 70ft
Width2.13m 7ft
Draught1.22m 4ft
Headroom1.98m 6ft 6"

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The Bradley Arm became a loop when Thomas Telford's improvements of the 1830s bypassed it by the construction of the Coseley Tunnel. The south-eastern end of the loop was closed and in parts built over, following the designation of the entire loop as 'abandoned' in 1954.

The Bradley Arm now runs only as far as the Trust's main maintenance depot, which still makes wooden lock gates. Here too is the pump originally installed for mine drainage, which is now the main source of water to the Birmingham Canal.

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