Ashton Canal :: Shared Description

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.

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by Gerald England
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SJ9398 : Squirrel at Portland Basin by Gerald England
SJ8598 : Lock Keeper's Cottage by David Dixon
SJ8698 : Pipe bridge, Ashton Canal by David Dixon
SJ8598 : The Ashton Canal by Thomas Nugent
SJ9297 : Ashton Canal by Gerald England
SJ8498 : Ducie Street canal basin by Chris Allen
SJ8698 : Bradford Road Gasholder by Gerald England
SJ8498 : Ducie Street Bridge (Ashton Canal Bridge#1) by David Dixon
SJ8997 : Edge Lane Bridge by David Dixon
SJ8598 : The Ashton Canal by Thomas Nugent
SJ9297 : Ashton Canal, Guide Bridge by David Dixon
SJ8598 : Ashton Canal, Approaching Lock 3 by David Dixon
SJ8698 : Lock 5, Ashton Canal by David Dixon
SJ8698 : Date stone on the lock keeper's cottage by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ8997 : Ashton Canal, Bridge 14 by David Dixon
SJ9398 : Summerborn turning by Gerald England
SJ9098 : Narrowboats at Droylsden Marina by Gerald England
SJ8598 : Ashton Canal, Cambrian Street Bridge by David Dixon
SJ9097 : Ashton Canal, Fairfield Top Lock (#18) by David Dixon
SJ9398 : Portland Basin Marina by David Dixon
SJ8598 : The Ashton Canal by Thomas Nugent
SJ9097 : Fairfield Junction by Gerald England
SJ8498 : A gaggle of geese by Gerald England
SJ8598 : Jasmine Weyr at New Islington by Gerald England
SJ9197 : Guide Bridge boatyard by Gerald England

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Created: Wed, 7 Nov 2012, Updated: Wed, 7 Nov 2012

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