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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SJ8898 : Clayton Junction and Junction Lock by David Dixon
SJ9398 : Portland Basin Museum, Ashton-Under-Lyne by David Dixon
SJ8598 : Bridge #4 by Gerald England
SJ9297 : Lady Violet by Gerald England
SJ8698 : Ashton Canal, Bradford Lock by David Dixon
SJ8598 : Ashton Canal Lock #3 by Gerald England
SJ9398 : Ashton Canal Warehouse Plaque by David Dixon
SJ9398 : Just Chillin by Gerald England
SJ8898 : Ashton Canal, Lock 10 (Vinegar Lock) by David Dixon
SJ8798 : Ashton Canal by Peter McDermott
SJ8598 : The Ashton Canal by Thomas Nugent
SJ9097 : Ashton Canal at Fielding's Wharf (Droylsden) by David Dixon
SJ8798 : Velopark Bridge, Ashton Canal by David Dixon
SJ9498 : Ashton Canal by Gerald England
SJ9297 : New access to the Ashton Canal at Guide Bridge by Gerald England
SJ9498 : Tameside Sea Cadets by Gerald England
SJ8598 : Ashton Canal by Gerald England
SJ9398 : Crafty-Narrowboat on the Ashton Canal by Gerald England
SJ8598 : Ashton Canal, Piccadilly Village by David Dixon
SJ8598 : Ashton Canal, Ancoats by David Dixon
SJ9397 : Wooden Canal Boat near Oxford Mills by Gerald England
SJ9398 : Amie-Lou for sale by Gerald England
SJ9398 : Red Admiral on the Ashton Canal by Gerald England
SJ9398 : Geese along the Ashton Canal by Gerald England
SJ9097 : Canal-side housing at Droylsden by Gerald England

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

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