SJ8598 : Ashton Canal, Cambrian Street Bridge

taken 7 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Ashton Canal, Cambrian Street Bridge
Ashton Canal, Cambrian Street Bridge
The Ashton canal at Ancoats, approaching bridge#6 at Cambrian Street. Beyond the bridge, SJ8699 : Gasholder, Bradford can be seen. This is one of the two giant gasholders built for the Bradford Gasworks in the second half of the nineteenth century. Up until the late 1960s, the gasworks together with Bradford Colliery and Bradford Ironworks (Richard Johnson and Nephew) dominated a heavily industrialised landscape which has now almost completely disappeared; giving way to a hypermarket and Sportscity (Velodrome, football stadium etc) with all their associated car parks.
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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Date Taken
Wednesday, 21 November, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 23 November, 2012
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe  Canals 
Canal (from Tags)
Ashton Canal 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8595 9878 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:29.1327N 2:12.7921W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8591 9874
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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