SJ9398 : Dukinfield Junction, Portland Basin

taken 9 years ago, near to Ashton-Under-Lyne, Tameside, Great Britain

Dukinfield Junction, Portland Basin
Dukinfield Junction, Portland Basin
The area of canal where the Ashton, Peak Forest and Huddersfield Narrow Canals meet is called Dukinfield Junction. The junction includes Portland Basin which, strictly speaking, refers to the wide area on the main line of the canal.

Once a major transport hub, the area went into decline during the mid-twentieth century. The Peak Forest Canal had ceased to be used by the start of the Second World War in 1939, the Huddersfield Canal was abandoned in 1944, and the Ashton Canal had become unnavigable by 1962.

The area has been revived to become a residential and leisure resource with the Portland Basin Museum (out of shot, to the left) at its heart. Ahead on the left, are canalside apartments built on the site of the Tudor Mill whilst, further behind, is the Cavendish Mill (SJ9398 : Ashton Canal, Cavendish Mill)

To the right hand side, a narrow, cobbled, stone bridge carries the towpath over the branch to the Dukinfield Aqueduct and the Peak Forest Canal. It carries the date 1835, and is a grade II listed structure (LinkExternal link Images of England).
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
Thursday, 13 December, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 15 December, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings  Canals 
Canal (from Tags)
Ashton Canal 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9347 9841 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.9421N 2:5.9921W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9343 9838
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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