SJ9398 : Dukinfield Aqueduct and Portland Basin

taken 8 years ago, near to Ashton-Under-Lyne, Tameside, Great Britain

Dukinfield Aqueduct and Portland Basin
Dukinfield Aqueduct and Portland Basin
Looking along the Dukinfield Aqueduct from the towpath of the Peak Forest Canal. The aqueduct was built at the end of the eighteenth century to enable the Peak Forest Canal to join the Ashton Canal. Historically, it was part of the Ashton Canal; the Peak Forest Canal actually starting at this end of the aqueduct. Since the nationalisation of the canals, the distinction has been academic and many people now regard it as the start of the Peak Forest Canal.

Ahead, is the nineteenth century cobbled bridge carrying the towpath of the Ashton Canal over the entrance to the Dukinfield Aqueduct. Beyond that, is the Portland Basin Museum. The building was originally built in 1834 as a warehouse for the Ashton Canal Company (SJ9398 : Ashton Canal Warehouse Plaque). It was rebuilt and refurbished in 1999, following a fire.
Peak Forest Canal

The Peak Forest Canal runs for 15 miles between Ashton under Lyne and Whaley Bridge.

It was built to link the Ashton Canal with the tramways that brought limestone from the Peak District quarries.

The Lower Peak Forest Canal forms part of the "Cheshire Ring".

LinkExternal link Pennine Waterways website including a "virtual tour" of the canal
LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link for information on the history 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.

History: LinkExternal link

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Monday, 27 May, 2013   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 4 June, 2013
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Historic sites and artefacts  Educational sites  Canals 
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Peak Forest  Ashton Canal 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9350 9839 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.9313N 2:5.9649W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9351 9836
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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