Brownhills and it's environs were crisscrossed by railway lines during the mining years. Some closed with Beeching, some with the decline of the pits and quarries they were constructed to serve. This old bridge - slowly being taken back by the vegetation sprouting from it's brickwork - is an orphan of the line that ran from Aldridge to Chasewater, branching into several lines to serve the coal mines of Norton and Heath Hayes. This arch formed the entry to the now demolished Swingbridge Farm, and survives despite the conjoined bridge over the canal having been removed years before.
One wonders how safe the structure is - studied full size it becomes apparent that much of the masonry on the left is being dislodged by that remarkably tenacious tree sprouting from it...
Lovely Photo Bob
I feel I would have taken the same scene myself, but would you believe I have not walked that way!
Why are you not “on yer bike?”
Best Wishes Peter
Brownhills has some interesting walks - particularly if you're into industrial history. Chasewater has some excellent bird and plantlife. If you're ever in the area... you'd be most welcome.
Howmuch took an excellent pic of the tree on this bridge.
No cycling today :o( waiting in for a delivery, unfortunately...
By the way, I've started a blog... check it out here, if you're interested...
I have some shots from Chasewater to upload, but we have not walked very much in that area.
I am a Brummie exiled in Wolverhampton but I will keep an eye on your blog. It is good of your to put your time into what is of interest to the local community, but the issues could relate to most places north of Watford!
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Photo taken in Brownhills, West Midlands, UK
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