SJ9398 : Portland Basin, Ashton Canal

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

Portland Basin, Ashton Canal
Portland Basin, Ashton Canal
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.

To the left of the canal is the nineteenth century cobbled bridge carrying the towpath of the Ashton Canal over the entrance to the Peak Forest Canal at the Dukinfield Aqueduct. The bridge was built in 1835. The historic octagonal chimney, built in 1867, is all that remains of Junction Mill (LinkExternal link Wikipedia). The site of the mill is now occupied by modern apartments which can be seen ahead and to the right of the 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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Date Taken
Monday, 27 May, 2013   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 4 June, 2013
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Canal (from Tags)
Ashton Canal 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9347 9843 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.9529N 2:5.9921W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9351 9844
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