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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

ABC Wednesday: Ashton Canal

We're back with ABC Wednesday after a break. Another round is starting and the subject of today's post is A for Ashton Canal.

When it was opened in the 1790s, the canal was officially known as the Manchester, Ashton under Lyne and Oldham Canal, but these days it is simply known as the Ashton Canal. The main part of the canal ran the 6 miles eastwards from Manchester to Ashton. There were several branches of different lengths leading off the canal, including one to Stockport and one to Hollinwood in Oldham, but the branches are now closed. These canals were built to carry coal from the area around Ashton down into Manchester.

The elegant stone arch on the right carries the towpath over a junction which leads to the Peak Forest Canal. The Ashton Canal continues ahead for a further half mile to to Whitelands, where it joins the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. The wide area of water on the left is known as Portland Basin. The old cotton mills that once stood on each side of the basin have now gone and have been replaced with apartment blocks.

See Birds Eye View of this location.

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"Ashton Canal" is a contribution to ABC Wednesday. For more "A" posts from around the world please follow this link.
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  1. Awesome information thanks for sharing!

    ABC WED.

  2. welcome back!

    I love the stonework.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. Looking very tranquil - I've got some shots of Ashton tram terminus on my Ackworth born blog.

  4. Awesome as usual.. Just can't get enough of those pictures, always so beautiful! :)

    International calls

  5. Know this place so well, some things just get better with age.

  6. Apartments! not flats anymore
    Great picture

  7. What a lovely capture of architecture and nature...man and nature side by side.

  8. That is a very nice and pleasant place where I want to be :) My "A" for ABC Wednesday.


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