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Stourbridge Canal

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The Stourbridge Canal is a canal in the West Midlands of England. It links the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal at Stourton Junction, affording access to traffic from the River Severn, with the Dudley Canal, and hence, via the Birmingham Canal Navigations, to Birmingham and the Black Country.

1776 The canal was authorised; the engineer was Thomas Dadford.

1779 The Canal was largely complete by 1779, 5.25 miles with 20 locks.

It remained profitable until the end of WWII.

A flight of sixteen locks takes the canal up the hill towards Pensnett Chase, where there were collieries. From Leys Junction, the Fens Branch is a short, navigable feeder from Fens Pools and the main canal continues to the Black Delph Locks.

The canal forms part of the Stourport Ring, which is one of the popular cruising rings for leisure boating.

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