The Cole is a non-navigable waterway though had twelve watermills along it at one stage. It is usually shallow but due to the nature of the clay soil in the area the river is changed quickly by heavy rainfall and can easily flood.
The earliest recorded name of the river from 972AD is Colle which is an old English word for Hazel.
|At Shard End|
|At Wythall (rather swollen by recent heavy rain)|