SJ9097 : Narrowboats at Droylsden Marina

taken 7 years ago, near to Droylsden, Tameside, Great Britain

Narrowboats at Droylsden Marina
Narrowboats at Droylsden Marina
Droylsden marina lies on an arm of the Ashton Canal which formerly continued as the Hollinwood Branch.
Droylsden Marina

The marina is an arm of the Ashton Canal on what was originally the Hollinwood Branch Canal. It was developed in 2008 and opened in 2009. LinkExternal link It is managed by Portland Basin Marina LinkExternal link and lies within the Droyslden Wharf development by the Watkin Jones Group of new houses.

Hollinwood Branch Canal :: SJ9199

The Hollinwood Branch of the Ashton Canal was opened in 1797 to transport coal from the collieries that lay between Ashton under Lyne and Oldham to Manchester and the many mills and factories in the neighbourhood of the Ashton Canal.

Apart from mills and factories at Droylsden, The canal was comparatively rural in character. Leaving the main line of the Ashton Canal at Fairfield Junction immediately above lock 18, it ran for just over 4 miles through Droylsden and Waterhouses to terminate at Hollinwood Basin (Hollinwood Top Wharf).

The Hollinwood Branch Canal was extensively used until the late 1920s when trade began to decline rapidly due to competition from railways and roads. It remained open and operational as far as the Butterworth Green basin until 1932, when subsidence problems caused the closure of the remaining collieries in the area and the canal was closed north of Crime Lake. Parts of the canal remained navigable but most was officially closed in 1955 with the last remaining section from the main line at Fairfield Junction closing in 1961.

The central part of the canal, in the Daisy Nook area, is still in water and has been made a feature of the Daisy Nook Country Park.

LinkExternal link Pennine Waterways

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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Saturday, 8 August, 2015   (more nearby)
Thursday, 13 August, 2015
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