SJ8997 : Lock 17, Ashton Canal

near to Droylsden, Tameside, Great Britain

Lock 17, Ashton Canal
Lock 17, Ashton Canal
Like Lock#18 (SJ9097 : Bridge and Lock, Fairfield), Lock 17 was made into a double lock in the 1820s to ease the congestion on this heavily used stretch of waterway. As with the lock at Fairfield, only the right hand channel is still in use.
Ashton Canal
The Ashton Canal runs eastwards from Manchester to Ashton under Lyne. It links the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and Peak Forest Canal with the Rochdale Canal and Bridgewater Canal and forms part of the "Cheshire Ring".

The original scheme was completed in 1796, running from a large basin behind what is now Piccadilly Station in Manchester, climbing gradually eastwards via 18 locks to Fairfield, Droylsden. From there one level section continued eastward to Whitelands Basin, Ashton under Lyne, while another arm headed north through what is now Daisy Nook, climbing another eight locks to Hollinwood, with a branch running east from Daisy Nook towards Park Bridge. A short arm from Portland Basin crossed the River Tame to Dukinfield. A year later an additional branch from Clayton to Stockport was opened.

The short link between Ashton Canal Basin at Piccadilly and the Rochdale Canal was not opened until 1800, when disputes about canal tolls and responsibility for paving the streets around the basins were resolved.

The Peak Forest Canal, opened in 1800, joined the Ashton Canal by way of the Dukinfield spur across the aqueduct over the Tame at Portland Basin.

The Hollinwood Branch Canal closed in sections between 1932 and 1961. The Stockport Branch Canal was closed in 1962.

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Thursday, 15 November, 2012   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 17 November, 2012
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Ashton Canal 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8987 9780 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.6097N 2:9.2457W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8983 9778
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