Leeds & Liverpool Canal :: Shared Description

The Leeds & Liverpool canal at 127¼ miles in length from River Lock in Leeds to the Canal Basin in Liverpool, is the longest canal in Britain to have been built and operated by one Canal Company (The Grand Union is longer but was an amalgamation). It has 91 locks, and two main spurs both of 7¼ miles known as the Leigh Branch (2 locks) and Rufford Branch (8 locks) as well as the tiny Springs Branch in Skipton of just half a mile length.
The maximum length of boats that can use the canal is 60' (though from Wigan to Liverpool full 72' boats can use it). The beam is 14'3" and the headroom limitation is 8'
The canal was authorised by parliament in 1770, and the first (lock-free) section was open by 1773. Two significant but unconnected sections had been completed by 1777, but the Napoleonic Wars got in the way of investment in the canal systems, and so the canal was not finally linked up and completed until 1816.
It is now a very popular canal for holidays, being both very scenic in some stretches and historically interesting as it passes through many of the great industrial towns of the North, linking the two great cities of its name. It also passes through the World Heritage site of Saltaire, where Titus Salt built his mill and model village for his workers.
by Rob Farrow
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SD5704 : Poolstock Lower Lock by David Dixon
SD8842 : Approaching Foulridge Tunnel by Rob Farrow
SD5704 : Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Poolstock Lower Lock by David Dixon
SD8842 : Foulridge Tunnel Portal by Rob Farrow
SD9952 : Long Dam, Skipton Wood by Rob Farrow
SD6827 : Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Blackburn by David Dixon
SD5803 : Leeds and Liverpool Canal by Peter McDermott
SD9952 : Weir at the end of Long Dam, Eller Beck by Rob Farrow
SD9851 : Brewery Swing Bridge, Skipton by Rob Farrow
SD9952 : Sluice on Round Dam by Rob Farrow
SJ3490 : Leeds and Liverpool Canal by the Mann Island Buildings by Jonathan Hutchins
SD9153 : Lock-keeper's house on the Bank Newton flight by Rob Farrow
SD5804 : Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Leigh Branch by David Dixon
SD5704 : Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Leigh Branch, Lock No 2 - Poolstock Lower Lock by David Dixon
SD9851 : Leeds & Liverpool Canal by Gerald England
SD6827 : Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Blackburn by David Dixon
SD5920 : Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Johnson's Hillock by David Dixon
SD5704 : Leigh Branch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal by David Dixon
SD9851 : Boats at Skipton by Gerald England
SD6827 : Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Blackburn by David Dixon
SD5704 : Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Leigh Branch, Footbridge at Poolstock Upper Lock by David Dixon
SD5704 : Poolstock Upper Lock, Leeds and Liverpool Canal by David Dixon
SD5803 : Moss Bridge, Leeds and Liverpool Canal by David Dixon
SD9952 : Round Dam by Rob Farrow
SD5704 : Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Poolstock Upper Lock by David Dixon

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Created: Thu, 30 Jun 2011, Updated: Thu, 30 Jun 2011

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