The Bratch Pumping Station,
Wombourne,
South Staffordshire
 
LOCATION

     
The Bratch Pumping Station is in Bratch Lane, Wombourne, South Staffordshire. WV5 8DW
     
Wombourne lies just off the A449 south of Wolverhampton, on the way to Stourbridge and Kidderminster. The National Grid reference for the Pumping station is SO 868 937 and it is situated just before the Bratch Bridge which is shown on the Birmingham and West Midlands A-Z map.
Follow the brown tourist signs to "Bratch Locks" from the A449 at Wombourne. From the Telford/Shropshire area, the signs are on the A454 Wolverhampton-Bridgnorth Road at Shipley crossroads, and take you through narrower lanes via Seisdon and Trysull. The Pumping Station is on the Wombourne side of the canal bridge.
Additional white direction signs will be put out close to the site on the actual open days
     

(a) From Wolverhampton
Leave on the A449 southwards towards Stourbridge and Kidderminster and after leaving the suburbs of Wolverhampton, turn right from the dual carriageway at the A463 roundabout into Billy Buns Lane. Continue as at (c) below
     

(b) A449 from Wall Heath , northbound.

After the Himley Traffic lights (B4176) continue on A449 towards Wolverhampton, and at the next roundabout, A463 turn left into Billy Buns Lane.

     
(c) Still in Billy Buns Lane, go over a junction, and past residential housing. Bear slightly left as the lane goes over a cross roads (don’t go right into Orton Lane) and continue along Bratch Lane. Under a steel railway bridge, and after 150 yards or so, the gates to the Pumping station are on the left. Turn in for free parking.
     
The Bratch Locks
The Pumping station is located close to James Brindley’s first major canal, the Staffordshire and Worcestershire, (1768), at the unique Bratch flight of locks at Wombourne, near Wolverhampton. The station, its immediate curtilage, the entire canal, the purpose-built coal loading wharf and the lock complex, form an integral part of the local Staffs and Worcs Canal Conservation area as designated by South Staffordshire Council.
     
The low lying site emphasises the delicate architecture and sympathetic setting of the Pumping station, which is unencumbered by the usual filter beds found in other locations, since the water was pumped direct to the distant reservoir.
     

Access to the site is along rather narrow lanes and if you approach from the Trysull direction, there is a narrow hump back bridge to negotiate, with very poor visibility.
     
There is free parking within the site on a field, and a separately designated unloading point for the disabled. However, visitors are advised that since the station was designed as a working industrial site, access within the pump house to the upper floors is only via steep, narrow, open tread metal stairways.
     

This web-site, www.TheBratch.org
has been funded by a generous grant from The Wombourne Community Association.

Created 11 October 2005
, updated 5 February 2007

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