The company's entry in the 1908
Wolverhampton Red Book is as follows:
Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company, Wharf
and Warehouse, Broad Street. District Superintendent
Arthur W. Bourne.
By the 1920s the company's
canal carrying business had started to make heavy
losses, and so in 1921 most of the boats were sold
to other carriers. The Broad Street
Warehouse buildings were taken over by the Midland
and Coast Canal Carriers Limited, formed in April
1922. Their entry in the
1925 Wolverhampton Red Book is as follows:
Midland and Coast Canal Carriers Limited, Broad St.
Manager A. W. Bourne.
On 1st July, 1938 the buildings were taken
over by Fellows, Morton & Clayton Limited when
they acquired Midland and Coast Canal Carriers
There used to be a sign on the
side of the warehouse that stated the following:
FELLOWS MORTON & CLAYTON LTD.
CARRIERS TO AND
OFFICE ALBION WHARF
Fellows, Morton & Clayton
Limited made a loss in 1947, due to increased
competition from roads and railways. As a result the
business went into voluntary liquidation in
November, 1948. The company's assets were acquired
by the Docks and Inland Waterways Executive, the new
governing body, formed in 1948 under the terms of
the 1947 Transport Act which nationalised the
canals. The Docks and Inland Waterways Executive,
later became known as British Waterways.
The sign on the warehouse in
the early 1970s.
Broad Street Warehouse then
became the main distribution centre for the North
Western fleet of narrow boats, and eventually
as a base for the local canal maintenance team, and
a storage area. In 1996 part of the building was
leased to a night club.