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Tuesday, 1 April 2008

The Ashton Canal at Portland Basin


Ashton's contribution to April's Theme Day on "Water" shows the Ashton Canal at Portland Basin. What other location in Ashton is more perfect for a watery picture? This wintry scene was captured only 9 days ago on Easter Sunday. (Click image to see a larger version.)

The stone arch bridge on the left carries the towing path across the entrance to the Peak Forest Canal. The bridge was built to be used by the boathorses that towed the narrow boats along the canal. Although the canal opened in 1796, the present bridge was only built in 1835. The canal was used for carrying coal from local mines down to Manchester.

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5 comments:

  1. I suspected you'd go with the canal and Portland Basin no less.

    The snow sets it off lovely.

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  2. I like your choice here....kind of reminds me of a painting itis so nice.!

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  3. Beautiful light and colors in that lovely wintry scene.

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  4. Thanks for the history lesson.

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