SK0282 : Upper Basin, Bugsworth Basin

taken 12 years ago, near to Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, Great Britain

Upper Basin, Bugsworth Basin
Upper Basin, Bugsworth Basin
The middle platform in the foreground accommodated a siding to enable wagons containing limestone to be tipped and emptied onto the quay below, and transferred into waiting narrow boats.
Bugsworth Basin :: SK0182

Bugsworth Basin is situated at the head of navigation of the Peak Forest Canal, in the village of Buxworth. The Basin was once the largest inland port on the narrow canal system; a busy interchange between tramway and canal where boats were loaded with limestone.

Bugsworth Basin closed in 1927 and by the 1960s was dry and overgrown. In 1968 volunteers from the Inland Waterways Protection Society began restoration and Bugsworth Basin was finally re-opened to navigation in March 2005.

Today it is unique as the only surviving canal and tramway interchange in the UK. It is recognised as an internationally important industrial heritage site, designated as a scheduled ancient monument and is protected under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act, 1979.

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

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Date Taken
Monday, 8 June, 2009   (more nearby)
Monday, 15 June, 2009
Canal basin   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 0231 8203 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:20.1104N 1:58.0064W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 0225 8203
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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