The Leeds and Liverpool Canal

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The original function of this canal was to bring goods from the docks at Liverpool to various places in Lancashire and Yorkshire. Most significant would have been the raw cotton and wool for processing in the mills and finished goods to Liverpool for export. It was also used to carry stone from the limestone quarries in the Skipton area. The first section from Skipton to Bingley opened in 1773, but it took another 46 years to complete it.

The modern distance between these 2 cities via the M62 is only 72 miles 55 miles shorter than the canal.

This article tries to follow these guidelines
1)The route includes a photograph of the canal in every grid square that it passes through. Squares with only a small section of canal may be omitted.
2)If we reach a square with no photo, then we will wait until one has been posted.
3) The squares are in sequence starting from Leeds (because I live there)
4) If there are several photos of the canal in a square, we may include several of them, preferably in sequence within the square.
5) Photos of nearby points of interest may be included, provided they are within 500m of the canal.
6) We may include diversions into basins, side canals and feeder reservoirs.


SE2933 Central Leeds

The canal starts / ends at Leeds SE298330, where the canal joins the River Aire by Granary Wharf
SE2933 : Leeds Liverpool Canal. The end by Malcolm Morris

Now, a short way into the canal, looking East towards the junction with the River Aire, This shows Leeds City Station above the arches on the left (where it straddles the River Aire), with the basin at Granary Wharf beside it and various office and apartment buildings.

SE2933 : New development - Canal Wharf by Charles Rawding

Granary Wharf looking west towards the canal office, and the Canal Office itself

SE2933 : Granary Wharf, Leeds by Martin Clark SE2933 : Canal office by Charles Rawding

SE296330 Office Lock Bridge
SE2933 : Office Lock Bridge by Mark Morton

SE294330 The main railway line into Leeds City Station from Wakefield, Doncaster and London.
SE2933 : Railway Bridge into Leeds station by Mark Morton

SE291330 Monk Bridge, which carries Whitehall Road over the canal.
SE2933 : Monk Bridge by Mark Morton

SE2833 Central Leeds

SE289332 St Ann's Ing Lock looking west
SE2833 : St Ann's Ing Lock by Mark Morton
SE286334 Oddy 2 Locks, with adjoining mural
SE2833 : Oddy 2 Locks by Mark Morton SE2833 : Mural by Oddy 2 Locks by Mark Morton
SE283333 looking east towards Wellington Road bridge which carries the A58 Inner Ring Road over the canal.
SE2833 : Wellington Road Bridge by Mark Morton

SE283337 Spring Garden Lock
SE2833 : Spring Garden Lock by Mark Morton

SE2834 Armley, Leeds

The canal just clips the corner of this square
SE2834 : Leeds & Liverpool Canal, spring by Rich Tea

SE2734 Armley, Leeds

SE278340 Looking east towards Kirkstall Railway Viaduct which carries the Leeds Harrogate line
SE2734 : Leeds and Liverpool Canal. by Steve Partridge

SE277340 Looking eastwards down from the Canal Road bridge, looking west from the same bridge, with Armley Industrial Museum, and the bridge itself with elegant iron railings
SE2734 : Derelict building beside the Leeds and Liverpool canal. by Steve Partridge SE2734 : Leeds and Liverpool canal. by Steve Partridge SE2734 : Canal Road Bridge by Mark Morton


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