Friday, May 10, 2013

Ashton Canal

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 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.

This stretch is just west of the Portland Basin. Behind the high black fence on the right is the Riverside Industrial Estate accessed by an old brick bridge which is being replaced by a wider skew bridge.

In the background is Junction Mill chimney. The octagonal chimney, 210 feet (64m) high with an unusual tulip-shaped top was built in 1867 to serve Samuel Heginbottom's cotton-spinning mill which operated from 1831 to 1930. The mill itself was eventually demolished and replaced in recent years with canalside apartments called "Boatmans Walk". In 2000 the chimney was bought by Tameside Council and restored.

For Skywatch Friday;
Friday Fences;
Weekend Reflections;
Scenic Weekends.


  1. Lovely skies and great reflections!!

  2. I'm pleased the tall chimney was retained and restored Gerald .... It's a great backdrop to your pic.

  3. The little canal is surrounded by a big wave of history! Delightful reflections beneath a lovely blue sky!

  4. Love the canal and the tall chimney. Great capture! Happy weekend to you!

  5. I love the canal, it is a little hub of peace within a huge city


  6. that is one tall fence. wow!! but enjoy that it is see through. my kind of fencing. ( :

  7. Great post, fantastic photo:) Greetings

  8. you left a comment on an outdoor wednesday blog and I followed the link here. I love finding blogs with pieces of information about local places because it gives me hope that younger people will find this information and it won't get lost. :) Your photo is quite nice.

  9. That is long and beautiful fence! You took an excellent picture of it! I would love to walk along this fence!