Farmers Bridge Flight.

Farmers Bridge locks 2



Most of the farmers Bridge flight of locks on the Birmingham and Fazley canal are hidden from view by high walls, old factories and, in this images case, a refurbished multi-storied apartment block, which used to be part of the British Telecom offices,  adjacent to Newhall Street.

The Farmers Bridge flight drops the Birmingham and Fazley canal down approximately 25 metres (82 feet) from the BCN at “Old Turn” , which is situated  just to the south of King Edwards Road bridge, to Old Snow Hill Rd. by 13 locks.

The last lock in the flight into Birmingham opens into Cambrian Basin; this was at one time the Newhall Branch which carried the canal almost parallel to the Birmingham and Fazley as far as Newhall Street. All that is left is the basin itself, a popular mooring spot today.

Farmers Bridge Locks








1 thought on “Farmers Bridge Flight.

  1. Acting on a recommendation from a photographer friend, I found myself caught in the headlamps of your creative brilliance.

    This is such a multi-faceted depiction and is a real treat for the imagination. One of my first impressions was that of a municipal swimming pool, conjuring images of childhood frolics at my local council pool. Then, in stark contrast, the image lent itself to a gritty, quite menacing scene, which spoke of urban decay and danger lurking in the shadows: think of typical scenes from ‘The Sweeney’ or ‘Get Carter’ and you’ll get my drift. (This impression was compounded by the photographer’s commentary below the picture, referring to the nearby high walls and old factories)

    Moving from the urban underworld to the mythical realm, I was minded to reflect on the River Styx, such was the intense darkness of the water and the imposing pillars standing like rigid tombs; it was easy to visualise the underworld ferryman Charon collecting souls by the lock gate, leaving civilisation behind and sailing into an unearthly void.

    I must extend my full compliments for the beautiful light contrast in this image, revealing a feast of detail–the seemingly luminous pillars reflected in the treacle black water being a particularly dramatic highlight. After the first viewing of this masterpiece, i was like a moth to light, compelled to return and discover yet more nuances in composition.

    As you mention, these particular locks are largely hidden from view, but there can be no hiding from your artistic vision; you have offered a wonderful glimpse into a forgotten world below the city facade.


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