Listing: Footbridge. Mid C19.
Comment: A nice example of a cast iron canal
bridge. The towpath surfacing has been renewed but the bit over
the bridge maintains the raised courses which were supposed to give the
horses some grip. The top rail is deeply scored by ropes.
The canal to the left of the picture is the Wyrley and
Essington, part of the BCN. It is known as the Curly Wyrley
(Wyrley has always been pronounced to rhyme with curly) because, being a
contour canal, it wiggles about a great deal. On the right, under
the bridge, is the Bentley Canal. In fact it runs up to the pub in
the background and then stops, its original route now lost under the car
park of the multi-screen cinema and entertainment complex.