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Heritage of the Black Country. #photography

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There are many things that you can photograph, it doesn’t have to be pretty landscapes. I took this photo yesterday; the first bridge carries the railway and then there is an aqueduct. You can see the steep ramp we climbed to get to the top of the aqueduct to photograph the canal.

I quite often photograph the River Tame and it was that water power that preceded the industrial revolution. It was the water powered forge that produced the forgings that were used to build the first steam engines.

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The Black Country has a rich cultural history founded on the power that came from water and then later coal. The coal fields were first served by canals in the 18th century, cut by men, not machines. Later came the railways, that allowed goods and people to be moved at speed. This heritage is important and the canals are now an important part of the leisure industry.

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This is the top of the aqueduct at Dudley port, near Dudley Port railway station. In the distance there were some narrow-boats near Caggy’s boat yard. Volunteers meet near Caggy’s boatyard each month and collect litter along the canal and keep it tidy.

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I took this picture of a narrow-boat passing through the Factory Locks on Sunday. I frequently see narrow-boats passing by on Sundays in the summer. The canals are part of our heritage, built for us by the hard working men of the 18th century.

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The canal branches off near the Barge and Barrel pub and there are boats moored at John the Lock moorings near the Fountain Pub. Over the Easter weekend there will be a narrow-boat gathering of traders near here. I’ll be there on Easter Sunday, photographing it all. Watch out for me, I’ll be the one with the Nikon!

There is a lot more heritage to photograph in the Black Country. The Victorian parks are an important part of the heritage the Victorians left to us. The 18th century canals, the 19th century railways and historic buildings like West Bromwich Manor House and the Oak House all define our culture. This legacy from the past is increasingly seen as important. It is our heritage and although outsiders might not appreciate it; it’s important to us. It is our history, cut and carved through the Black Country, dividing it, but also uniting it in a common culture.

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