SD7506 : Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, Prestolee (Nob End) Locks

taken 6 years ago, near to Kearsley, Bolton, Great Britain

Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, Prestolee (Nob End) Locks
Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, Prestolee (Nob End) Locks
Looking over the lower section of the former locks at Nob End. The chimney of SD7505 : Prestolee/Kearsley Mill can be seen in the distance. The aqueduct over the River Irwell can also be glimpsed through the trees in the centre of the picture.

The locks at Nob End raised the canal 64 feet in a distance of 200 yards to take vessels from the Manchester arm of the canal to the Bury and Bolton arms. The locks were arranged in two staircases of 3 locks, with a passing basin between.

Although the masonry of the upper locks is more distinct, little can be seen of the lower staircase locks which were here. These have been cleared by members of the Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal Society. However, rapid plant growth soon obscures the detail.

The locks are shown on early maps as "Prestolee Locks" but are commonly known as "Nob End Locks".
Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal
The Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal is a disused canal, built to link Bolton and Bury with Manchester. The canal, when fully completed in 1796, was 15 miles long. It was connected with the River Irwell in Salford, in 1808.

From Salford the canal ran up the Irwell valley to reach Nob End, where it climbed the Prestolee Locks, and then split into two branches leading to Bolton and Bury. The canal was built principally to serve the many collieries in the area, as well as to transport other cargo such as stone and timber.

By 1846 a parallel railway had been built to Bury, and the canal went into decline. The Bolton arm went out of use in 1924, though with some minor use until 1947. The Bury arm was breached just above Nob End in 1936, but the then isolated Bury arm continued to be used until 1951, principally between the canalside Ladyshore Colliery and Bury. The final section of the canal was officially closed in 1961, and much of it was filled in.

LinkExternal link Exploring Greater Manchester, a fieldwork guide (web edition); edited by Paul Hindle, Manchester Geographical Society
LinkExternal link Wikipedia article
LinkExternal link Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal Society website
LinkExternal link Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, Pennine Waterways
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 22 January, 2013   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 29 January, 2013
Geographical Context
Derelict, Disused  Canals 
Canal (from Tags)
Manchester Bolton and Bury 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 7520 0631 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:33.1696N 2:22.5480W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 7521 0642
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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