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Coal Catchers,Titford Pump House

Philip Bews Diane Gorvin
Sculpture for public sites


Coal Catchers Railings and Gate

Commissioned by British Waterways for Titford Pump House

This design reflects the history of the area. The six Titford locks are known as The Crow and in 1865 a letter published in the Birmingham Journal complains that the author saw this practice carried out all along the crow "..I see enormous lumps of the best coal thrown out by the boatman in considerable quantities onto the side of the locks, as the boats are passing through, and thence carried to the adjoining houses by women, boys and girls..."

The railings and gate show a narrow boat horse which celebrates the method that was used to move boats in the past. It is as if the horse is moving the very boat in the lock, that coal is being chucked from to the waiting women and children.The crow sat on a mooring post is a reminder of the local name for the locks.

Both these photgraphs were taken by John Powell.

© Diane Gorvin Philip Bews 2020