Gas Street Basin

Gas Street Basin















Looking towards the communication lock which leads the Birmingham Canal through to the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. The buildings on the right front on to Gas Street

Until 1815, when the new lock was constructed, this was a physical barrier called Worcester Bar, this is still in place and runs from the base of the new bridge to the bank adjacent to the James Brindley Pub. Loaded boats from both canals had to off load their cargo and transfer it to other boats by hand, a situation which exasperated all concerned.

The bridge was built with the advent of redevelopment in the Gas Street area, prior to that there was a plank which was swung to one side when boats passed.








2 thoughts on “Gas Street Basin

  1. After viewing this most impressive picture, I found that I could immediately relate to the observations of my fellow contributors. The juxtaposition of the gaslight and CCTV was very apparent, as was their combined metaphorical status in representing the inexorable flow of time. I also found myself agreeing with the suggestion of an underlying depression, in the sense that a certain nostalgic melancholy permeates the image.

    It really is quite uncanny how the photographer’s vision for each depiction seems to consistently correspond with the interpretations that have appeared in the comments. This has to be the ultimate compliment in respect of the artist’s vision; it is revealed so perfectly that there is an almost telepathic communication with the audience, so that they ‘see’ exactly what the photographer intended to convey.

    This is a quite remarkable achievement and something I have rarely witnessed in this particular field of artistic endeavour. It could be described as an almost mythical empathy!

  2. My first thought was, a perfect scene for a murder. Don’t worry, I haven’t become a psychopath! I’m just very much taken with the old Londonium atmospherica that is evident in this particular piece (think White Chapel; think Sherlock Holmes – I’m sure you’ll know what I mean), and the portrait’s ability to transport the viewer (in this case, me) back to a time etched into the nation’s history, and a scene that has acted as the sublime canvass upon which some of our most cherished stories have ever been told! For me, the retrospective nature of the shot is metaphorically encapsulated in the diminishing vanishing point of both the towpath and the canal itself, which diminish into a singular point of utmost beauty, a point at which, whether it was intended buy the photographer or not is hard to ascertain, but wherein the sun finds a magnificent reflectivity upon the canal’s embankment, situated here just to the left side of the underside of the bridge, which I must also confess is a charming centre piece to this photographic representation of Birmingham’s Gas Street. There is much to reflect upon here, and I’m sure that other viewers are bound to find hours of personal viewing pleasure by gazing at all that is discreetly concealed within this magnificum opus supramodum!!!

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