Hollinwood Branch Canal :: Shared Description

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 4½ 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.

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by David Dixon
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SJ9098 : Droylsden Marina Gates by David Dixon
SJ9097 : Narrowboats at Droylsden Marina by Gerald England
SJ9199 : Cinderland Bridge by David Dixon
SJ9098 : Narrowboats at Droylsden Marina by Gerald England
SJ9097 : Fairfield Junction by Gerald England
SJ9097 : Narrowboat guard dog by Gerald England
SJ9098 : Narrowboats at Droylsden Marina by Gerald England
SJ9098 : Droylsden marina by Gerald England
SJ9097 : First & Last Freedom by Gerald England
SJ9097 : Ashton Canal: Hollinwood Branch by Gerald England
SJ9097 : Narrowboats at Droylsden Marina by Gerald England
SJ9097 : Droylsden Marina by Gerald England
SJ9097 : Droylsden Marina by Gerald England
SJ9097 : Narrowboats at Droylsden Marina by Gerald England
SJ9098 : Boats at Droylsden Marina by Gerald England
SJ9097 : Droylsden Marina by Gerald England
SJ9098 : Moorings at Droylsden Marina by Gerald England
SJ9097 : Fairfield Locks by Gerald England
SJ9097 : Droylsden Marina by Gerald England
SJ9097 : Droylsden Marina by Gerald England
SJ9098 : Narrowboats at Droylsden Marina by David Dixon
SJ9098 : Moorings at Droylsden by Gerald England
SJ9098 : Droylsden Marina by Gerald England
SJ9097 : Hollinwood Canal, Fairfield Junction by David Dixon
SJ9097 : Narrowboats at Droyslden by Gerald England

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Created: Thu, 10 Oct 2013, Updated: Thu, 10 Oct 2013

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