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Thanks for Bugle readers' help with Wednesbury wharf questions

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

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WITH reference to my original letter published in The Bugle (June 26 edition) about Wednesbury Bridge New Coal Wharf.

I should like to thank Tony Moseley who emailed me and Peter Clark of Plymouth whose letter was printed in The Bugle (July 31 edition), for their help to discover if New Crown Wharf Bilport Lane was the Wednesbury Bridge Wharf.

The answer, which I discovered after speaking to two of my cousins, Job Poxon whose father ran Bell Wharf at Great Barr, and Syd Worley whose father, along with my own father, ran New Crown Wharf, is almost but not quite!

The Fountain public house stands in Holloway Bank (A41) on the corner of Bilport Lane. Next to it stands an old house, now a cafe, once our grandfather's barber's shop and family home. Next to that is a factory once Charles Washers.

Next is the A41 bridge over the Tame Valley Canal. Before that factory was built, it was the site of Wednesbury Bridge Wharf and access to the canal was under a towpath bridge. Also using this towpath bridge for access was New Crown Wharf, originally owned by New Crown Works, which was situated at the end of Bilport Lane.

This factory was known to Peter Clark and myself as the Shadow Factory. Barges gained access to William Charles Wednesbury Bridge Wharf by turning into the right canal arm and to the left for New Crown Wharf. I remember in the 1950's seeing the right canal arm which was filled in, but never realised it had led to another wharf.

David Worley.


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