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The Macclesfield Canal

One of the last narrow canals to be built the canal was approved by Act of Parliament in April 1826. Thomas Telford surveyed the canal and construction was engineered by William Crosley. The completed canal was opened on 9th November 1831 at a cost of £320,000.00. The canal was bought out by the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincoln Railway in 1847. With nationalisation in 1947 it passed to the Docks & Inland Waterways Board with commercial carrying finishing only in the 1960's shortly before British Waterways was formed. The canal runs from Marple Junction with the Peak Forest Canal in the north 26¼ miles to the stop lock at Hall Green near Kidsgrove. The canal is noted for its six fine change or snake bridges where the tow-path changes sides of the canal. These bridges were designed to allow the horse to move over without having to untie it from the boat. Thanks to Telford's design for commercial traffic the Macclesfield Canal has a very shallow and tapered bottom. The deep channel is just wide enough for two boats to pass in the centre making mooring other than at wharves 'challenging'.
by Jo and Steve Turner

Created: Sat, 12 May 2012, Updated: Sat, 12 May 2012


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SJ9688 : Marple Canal Basin by Gerald England
SJ9377 : Macclesfield Canal - Bridge 27 by John M
SJ9688 : Church Lane Bridge by Gerald England
SJ9584 : Macclesfield Canal, Higher Poynton by David Dixon
SJ9169 : Royal Oak Swing Bridge by Jo and Steve Turner
SJ9584 : Macclesfield Canal, East of Middlewood by Philip Cornwall
SJ9272 : Macclesfield Canal, Verdon's/Barnshaw Bridge by David Dixon
SJ9688 : Church Lane Canal Bridge by Gerald England
SJ9270 : Sutton Reservoir sign by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ9688 : Fingerpost, Marple Junction by Mr Red
SJ9482 : Remains of swing bridge at Hagg Bank footbridge by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ9067 : Lock-keeper's cottage, Bosley Top Lock by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ9378 : Clarence Mill by John M
SJ9688 : Macclesfield Canal approaching Marple Junction, Stockport by Roger  D Kidd
SJ9273 : Macclesfield Canal by David Dixon
SJ9482 : Hagg Bank footbridge by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ9483 : Macclesfield Canal, Bridge#14 by David Dixon
SJ9688 : Canal Boundary Stone, Marple Junction by Mr Red
SJ9482 : Macclesfield Canal aqueduct over Shrigley Road by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ9483 : Macclesfield Canal, Higher Poynton Moorings by David Dixon
SJ9688 : Melaleuca at Marple by Gerald England
SJ9482 : Macclesfield Canal by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ9483 : Macclesfield Canal by David Dixon
SJ8865 : Macclesfield Canal bridge no.61 by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ8762 : Railway bridge over the Macclesfield Canal by Jonathan Hutchins

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