SE2028 : The Navigation Bank, northern part, Birkenshaw

taken 11 years ago, near to Birkenshaw, Kirklees, Great Britain

The Navigation Bank, northern part, Birkenshaw
The Navigation Bank, northern part, Birkenshaw
In 1780-1 John Emmet the Elder, Thomas Holden, William Bolland and William Emmet, iron founders of Halifax, leased land in Birkenshaw for a furnace and foundry, which was operating by 1782. Thomas Holden and William Bolland both withdrew their capital, leaving the company in difficulties, and when the prices of iron goods slumped in 1815 the business closed. There is a 'navigation bank' (as captioned on the OS 6 maps of 1850 and c.1930) along the 154m contour southwards from the foundry site. Little is known about it. There are three theories: that it was a canal to bring in supplies of coal and limestone, or to take away slag (to the 'blue hills', which might have been slag heaps), or that it was a linear reservoir to supply water for the water-wheel on Birkenshaw Beck. It was a strip of water retained by a bank constructed along the hillside, its inner wall faced with stone. Although it could have served as a catchwater drain, one would expect it to have had a fall towards the Foundry mill if that was its sole purpose. A public footpath, linking Foundry Lane with the Kirklees Way, runs along the part of the bank that is deep green in the photograph.
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Sunday, 5 August, 2007   (more nearby)
Monday, 6 August, 2007
Industrial heritage > Industrial heritage   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 201 285 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:45.1490N 1:41.7993W
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