SJ9398 : Ashton Canal, Portland Basin

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

Ashton Canal, Portland Basin
Ashton Canal, Portland Basin
Portland Basin is the wide area on the main line of the canal at Dukinfield Junction, where the Ashton, Peak Forest and Huddersfield Narrow Canals meet.

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 which is on the left in the picture, occupying the former Warehouse which was built for the Ashton Canal Company in 1834 but had to be rebuilt in 1999 after a major fire some years earlier.

Ahead, behind the metal footbridge, are canalside apartments built on the site of the former Tudor Mill. Behind those, the chimney of Cavendish Mill (SJ9398 : Ashton Canal, Cavendish Mill) can just be seen. On the right hand side, the towpath climbs over the Grade II listed stone footbridge. This bridge, which can be seen behind the two trees, was built in 1835, over the branch leading to the Dukinfield Aqueduct and the Peak Forest Canal.
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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Thursday, 13 December, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 15 December, 2012
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Housing, Dwellings  Educational sites  Industry  Canals 
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Ashton Canal 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9346 9843 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.9529N 2:6.0011W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9341 9837
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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