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 Deepfields Bridge courtesy Gordon Griffiths Bradley Arm Deepfields Bridge courtesy Gordon Griffiths
Bradley Arm  
Length 0.6 miles
Locks None
Maximum boat dimensions
(Guide only - weather conditions can affect water levels)
  • Length
  • Width
  • Draught
  • Headroom
  • 21.34m 70ft
  • 2.13m 7ft
  • 1.22m 4ft
  • 1.98m 6ft 6"

Bradley Arm map

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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.

Read more about the Birmingham Old Main Line story