The only tunnel is named Brandwood (west portal at B14 6JU) which is about one mile from the junction at Kings Norton with the Worcester and Birmingham. It is about 352 yards (322 metres) long and 16 feet (4.9 metres) wide and does not have a towpath. Before boats were motorised or tugs were available, the boats were pulled through using a handrail on the wall and there is a possibility that two narrow boats breasted-up could also be “legged” through. Both portals have a carved head above the arch which is believed to be a Mr Hancock who had a close connection with the promotion and building the canal. The same image appears on the Seal of the company. It is a widely held misconception that the image is of William Shakespeare

Clive Henderson, Membership Secretary, Stratford upon Avon Canal Society,
The Bridge House, Church Lane, Lapworth, Solihull, B94 5NU
Tel: (01564) 783672 or email

Updated  18th January 2021