Historic places Discover some of the fascinating places in the Tame Valley Wetlands. During the 1920s, the City of Birmingham began constructing the first of three giant power stations at Hams Hall. Lea Ford Cottage is a rare example of a 17th century farm worker’s cottage, largely unchanged in over 300 years. Middleton Hall is a Grade II moated manor house, parts of which date back to medieval times. The pumping station at Whitacre Heath waterworks was built around 1860 to supply fresh water to Birmingham. The Birmingham and Fazeley Canal runs from central Birmingham to Fazeley Junction, just south of Tamworth. Take a stroll along the western bank of the River Tame at Tamworth and you might make a surprising discovery. Tamworth Castle is one of the best preserved Norman motte and bailey castles in England. Hams hall was the home of the Adderley family for over 260 years. This unusual Gothic-style footbridge was probably built in the 1830s by the celebrated architect Sir Robert Smirke.