Venice and Amsterdam are known for their canals. Well, so is Birmingham! Starting in the middle of the 18th century, industrial canals were being built in several places in Britain. The poor condition of the roads and the need to transport large quantities of coal were the main arguments for building these canals. Today, Birmingham’s canal system is actually longer than that of Venice!

Walking home along the Worcester-Birmingham canal.

During my first free day I took the time to walk into town and back again along one of the canals. While in town I visited Birmingham’s cathedral, where the three great east windows and and the west window were created by Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones, who was actually born in Birmingham. I chose a good day to visit the cathedral, as the sunlight was streaming in through the windows, making them glow incredibly. As Birmingham is the birthplace of Burne-Jones, you can expect to see more of him on my blog!

The west window, depicting The Last Judgment.

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