"C" is for "Canal" and today's photo shows the point where two of Ashton's Canals meet.
The Ashton Canal terminates here at Ashton Old Wharf and the Huddersfield Narrow Canal begins, heading under Whitelands Bridge to the first of 74 locks between here and Huddersfield. The wooden lock gates are just about visible through the arch.
The white oval plate to the left of the arch shows that this is Bridge Number 111 - the numbering starts at the Huddersfield end, whereas the locks were numbered from both ends, with this one being 1W (for "west").
The smaller arch to the right was built to allow boat horses to pass under Whitelands, wearing their harnesses, while their boats drifted through the main arch. At the time when the canal was opened, in the 1790s, all canal boats (and other vehicles) were horse-powered!
The design of the canal arch is interesting in itself but you will have to wait until we get to "S" to find out why!
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See Birds Eye View of this location.
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