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News article created on 7 October 2015

Top transport award for Tardebigge

Tardebigge Lock Flight in Worcestershire has been awarded one of the Transport Trust's Red Wheel plaques, that mark significant heritage sites in Britain’s transport history.

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Now a popular visitor destination, Tardebigge is the longest flight in the UK, made up of 30 narrow locks on a two-and-a-quarter-mile stretch of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. 

In addition to the locks, Tardebigge boasts a listed warehouse as well as large limekilns built to supply lime mortar for the brickwork in Tardebigge tunnel.

It's also a key place in waterways history, as it was at Tardebigge that waterway restoration champions LTC Rolt and Robert Aickman decided to form the Inland Waterways Association in 1946, a move which helped transform public attitudes to the nation’s historic canals and paved the way for their revival.

Important history

David Viner, heritage advisor at the Canal & River Trust, said: "Tardebigge was where it all turned around for the canals, so it's fantastic to see its important history marked with a Red Wheel. 

"The Worcester & Birmingham Canal is celebrating its 200th birthday this year, so it's a perfect time to be looking back at how important the canal was to the area. We're very grateful that nowadays the site has a great team of volunteers helping to look after it who recognise how special it is and give up their time to keep it that way."