The Bratch Canalside, Wolverhampton

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The Bratch is an area of Wombourne in South Staffordshire, England, noted for its industrial heritage and more recently as a way station for walkers, riders and cyclists. Formerly, it was a small, separate hamlet, and became fully absorbed into Wombourne only in the 20th century. Population details for the 2011 census can be found under Wombourne.EtymologyThe name is derived from the Anglian dialect of Old English, in which the word brēc signifies newly broken-in land. There are a number of Bratches in Staffordshire, e.g. near Enville and Norton Canes. In each case, they are near the edges of ancient forests, so a bratch was a new clearing in the waste.Bratch LocksThe Bratch Locks are a noted feature of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, planned by James Brindley, and opened in 1772 as a three lock staircase. They were later re-engineered as three separate locks. They are served by two bridges, a toll house, and a keeper's cottage. The whole forms a well-preserved example of vernacular Georgian architecture and design, built of mellow local brick.
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  • It can be combined with the Station Cafe in Wombourne just up the road and then on to Baggeridge Park for a lot of varied walks or just to use the Childrens play ground . On a hot day you can get a...  more »
  • Great place to sit and watch the boats go by and help I’m sure is always appreciated with pushing heavy lock gates. There are three locks here which can be tricky if you’re not sure what to do but...  more »
  • I've boated through the Bratch many times. Fascinating Althea history and its an marvel of engineering for its time  more »

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