Good morning lovely ladies!
Happy Tuesday! This post is going to be a short one as it is scheduled. We are away for a few days. We had booked a hotel for my birthday in March, but the hotel closed because of the Covid virus. We have re-booked and are now (hopefully) enjoying lovely walks and lots of fresh air.
I will be linking this with Elizabeth and Bluebeard's T-Party. My ticket to the party is the above cup of coffee.
First off is my postcard. This one comes from the UK, from a city in the middle of England called Birmingham. It is England's second largest city (after London), and it has more miles of canals than Venice.
Birmingham has 35 miles of canals, which is said to be more than Venice. They're enjoyed by walkers, cyclists, and narrowboat owners and they are a reminder of a unique industrial history.
During the Industrial Revolution the canals were busy waterways transporting coal, iron and other heavy goods. They played a crucial role in the development of Birmingham and the Black Country.
Most of the canals were and there were more than 170 miles of them. One of the first to be built was the . It carried the Duke's coal from inside the mines 15 miles to Manchester. It was finished in 1761 and most of the engineering work was planned and supervised by . Brindley was a millwright by trade and one of the most notable engineers of the 18 century. He worked on six canal projects in the Midlands.
For 170 years the canal system was bustling with activity. Towards the end of the 19 century the tonnage of goods carried increased reaching in 1898.
Although the canals were profitable, they were costly to build and maintain. In the 1820s
As canal industries declined and railways and roads took over the long distance transportation of goods, use of the canals decreased. By . Over the years canals fell into disrepair. However, many have since been restored and their surroundings improved with parkland, housing and many stunning modern developments, creating vibrant areas with shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment. was employed to inspect Birmingham's canals, which had severe maintenance problems. He suggested an overhaul of the canal system, which included the straightening of many canals.
Here are some more photos of the canals in Birmingham (from the Internet):
The stamp is very English. It features the English flag with the red St George's cross, and Magdalen College. Magdalen College is a constituent college of the University of Oxford. It was founded in 1458 by William of Waynflete.