Opened in 1843 the Bentley Canal ran down a flight of 10 locks from the junction with the Wyrley & Essington Canal at Wednesfield for a distance of nearly three and a half miles to its junction with the Anson Branch. The section from the bottom of the six Wednesfield Locks to the Anson Branc
WOMEN RUN A BOAT: LIFE ON BOARD THE CANAL BARGE 'HEATHER BELL', 1942
Mrs March leans on the lock gate handle to shut the top gate of the lock, probably at Tipton Green, She has made sure that the 'HEATHER BELL' is locked in first. A passer-by watches them navigate the lock from the bridge which crosses the canal at this point.