SJ9590 : Marple Aqueduct and Viaduct

near to Compstall, Stockport, Great Britain

Marple Aqueduct and Viaduct
Marple Aqueduct and Viaduct
Looking along the side of the Marple Aqueduct; behind is the Marple Viaduct. They carry the Peak Forest Canal and Manchester to Sheffield railway respectively, across the Goyt Valley.

A nearby information board describes the aqueduct as "one of the wonders of the Cheshire Ring". This three-arched aqueduct carries the Peak Forest Canal nearly 100 feet above the River Goyt in a brick-built channel lined with puddle clay. It was designed by Benjamin Outram. Building commenced in 1794 and it was opened in 1800.

The aqueduct is scheduled as an Ancient Monument as well as being a Grade I listed building; the listing text describes it as “an outstanding piece of engineering and design on a monumental scale” (LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings).

The viaduct was originally built for the Marple, New Mills & Hayfield Junction Railway. Built between 1862 and 1863, it opened in 1865.

LinkExternal link Engineering Timelines, Marple Viaduct

LinkExternal link Marple Railway Viaduct, British Listed Buildings

Further information about the construction and restoration of the aquedust is at LinkExternal link .
Peak Forest Canal
The Peak Forest Canal runs for 15 miles between Ashton under Lyne and Whaley Bridge.

It was built to link the Ashton Canal with the tramways that brought limestone from the Peak District quarries.

The Lower Peak Forest Canal forms part of the "Cheshire Ring".

LinkExternal link Pennine Waterways website including a "virtual tour" of the canal
LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link for information on the history of the canal
River Goyt
The Goyt rises on the moors of Axe Edge, near the Cat and Fiddle Inn. It runs from the Errwood and Fernilee reservoirs, north of Buxton to Stockport where it joins the River Tame LinkExternal link to form the Mersey.

It is also fed by the River Etherow which flows from the Woodhead reservoirs and joins near Marple Bridge, the River Sett which joins at New Mills and Todd Brook which joins at Horwich End.
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Wednesday, 28 November, 2012   (more nearby)
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Friday, 30 November, 2012
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Canals  Historic sites and artefacts  Railways 
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Peak Forest 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9551 9004 [10m precision]
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9549 9005
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