SJ8397 : Rochdale Canal, Remains of Sawmill at Castlefield

taken 1 year ago, near to Rusholme, Manchester, Great Britain

Rochdale Canal, Remains of Sawmill at Castlefield
Rochdale Canal, Remains of Sawmill at Castlefield
The large (tower-like) brick building sandwiched between the canal and the railway viaduct, appears to have once been part of a larger building stretching along the side of the canal; the part of that building nearest to the camera having been demolished at some time. There is a chimney, only a little taller than the building itself, attached to the rear.

The building does not appear on the very detailed (60 inches to 1 mile) series of maps surveyed between 1848 and 1850 (LinkExternal link University of Manchester online collection) however the Ordnance Survey 1:2 500 county series map from 1896 (Lancashire. Sheet CIV. 10 LinkExternal link ) shows buildings here as part of a “timber wharf” (a later revision of 1932 shows them as “sawmills”). This would suggest that the building dates from the second half of the nineteenth century.
Rochdale Canal

The Rochdale Canal runs for 33 miles between Manchester and Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire, UK. In Sowerby Bridge it connects with the Calder and Hebble Navigation. In Manchester it connects with the Ashton and Bridgewater Canals.

The canal was opened between Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden and from Manchester to Rochdale in 1799 and between Todmorden and Rochdale in 1805. Most of the canal was closed in 1952. Restoration work began in late 1980s and by 1996 the canal was opened to navigation once again between Sowerby Bridge and the summit level. The canal was re-opened to navigation along its entire length in July 2002 and forms part of the South Pennine Ring.

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 31 December, 2019   (more nearby)
Friday, 3 January, 2020
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Derelict, Disused  Industry  Canals 
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Panasonic DC-G9 
Canal (from Tags)
Rochdale Canal 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 832 975 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.4808N 2:15.2296W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 832 975
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Manchester City Centre  Canal  Nineteenth Century  Victorian  19th Century  Industrial Heritage  Sawmill  Railway Viaduct  Reflections 

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