SJ9398 : Ashton Canal at Portland Basin

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

Ashton Canal at Portland Basin
Ashton Canal at Portland Basin
The view from bridge #29 which links the towpath to the Portland Basin. The canal basin is home to several families of Canada geese. On the left is the packhorse bridge over the entrance to the Peak Forest Canal. In the background is Junction Mill chimney. In the right foreground is "Lilith" a restored narrowboat based at the Portland Basin.
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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Junction Mill Chimney
The octagonal chimney, 210 feet (64m) high with an unusual tulip-shaped top was built in 1867 to serve Samuel Heginbottom's cotton-spinning mill which operated from 1831 to 1930. The mill itself was eventually demolished and replaced in recent years with canalside apartments called "Boatmans Walk". In 2000 the chimney was bought by Tameside Council and restored.
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Date Taken
Monday, 15 July, 2013   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 21 July, 2013
Geographical Context
Canals 
Birds (from Tags)
Canada Geese 
Canal (from Tags)
Ashton Canal  Peak Forest 
Person (from Tags)
Samuel Heginbottom 
Date (from Tags)
1867  1831  1930  2000 
Former (from Tags)
Cotton Mill 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 934 984 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.9475N 2:6.0011W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 935 984
View Direction
West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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