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Can a reader settle problem of coal wharf photograph?

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 26, 2014

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I WAS intrigued by your article headed The Coal Story from a Prehistoric Swamp to Riddlin' the Gleeds in The Bugle (May 29 edition) and the picture of Wednesbury Bridge New Coal Wharf.

Knowing Wednesbury Bridge to be the River Tame (black brook) on Holloway Bank/Bridge Street, the nearest coal wharf I remember was the one directly behind Charles Washer factory accessed by Bilport Lane, known as New Crown Wharf (1940-50's).

Could this be Wednesbury Bridge New Coal Wharf? Might any Bugle readers be able to shed any light on this please?

Wednesbury bridge could, I suppose, be the A41 road bridge over the Tame Valley Canal.

The write-up says the wharf in question was owned by William Charles. This would seem to be more than a coincidence to the factory of the same name.

Members of my family lived in property adjoining New Crown Wharf and others rented and owned the wharf itself years ago.

The GWR railway line also ran alongside. This would be to the rear of the photograph if it is the same wharf.

Hope your readers can settle this problem.

David T Worley.

davidworley03@btopenworld.com

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