SJ9398 : Portland Basin

taken 7 years ago, near to Ashton-Under-Lyne, Tameside, Great Britain

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Portland Basin
Portland Basin
Portland Basin was once the transport hub for the area, being the junction of the Ashton and Peak Forest Canals, close to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. The canal fell into disrepair during the mid-twentieth century; the Peak Forest Canal had ceased to be used by the start of the Second World War in 1939, and the Ashton Canal was unnavigable by 1962, but the area has been revived to become a leisure resource with the Portland Basin Museum at its heart.

Portland Basin Museum occupies the former Ashton Canal Warehouse, on the right hand side of the photograph. The warehouse was built for the Ashton Canal Company in 1834 but had to be rebuilt in 1999 after a major fire some years earlier.
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)
Submitted
Saturday, 15 December, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Educational sites  Canals 
Canal (from Tags)
Ashton Canal 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9346 9844 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.9583N 2:6.0012W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9350 9845
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