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Rochdale Canal Lock 11 – Hebden Bridge, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 44.453 W 002° 01.412
30U E 564402 N 5955136
Quick Description: The Rochdale canal is 32 miles long and connects Manchester on the west side of the Pennine Hills and Sowerby Bridge on the east side.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/24/2012 4:01:41 PM
Waymark Code: WMEPWW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:

The Canal History
The Rochdale Canal was completed in 1804 and is one of three canals that cross the Pennine hills. This is the only one that doesn’t use tunnels. In addition it was a broad canal with bridges and locks that allowed boats of 14 feet width to pass through.

The one downside of not using tunnels is that it originally had 92 locks. These days two of them have been combined into one deep lock.

Competition from railways and roads subsequently led to a decline in goods being carried and by 1937 the only section left in operation was at the Manchester end of the canal.

In 1965 there was talk of abandoning the canal but by this time leisure boating had become very popular in the UK and there was a campaign to keep it open. Work was started and the canal slowly re-opened in a number of different stages. The whole length finally reopened in September 2007.

All the locks on the canal have a standard length of 72 feet (22 metres).

Details of this lock
This lock is named Stubbing Upper Lock

On the day I was here this part of the canal was really full. The lock itself was also at its highest and the water was actually flowing over the top of the lock gates. This lock was made a Grade II listed building by English Heritage in 1984 before the canal was restored, reference number 1278737.

This web site refers to the fact that some locks including this one had a provision for a double set of lock gates. The extra gates are for when smaller boats of up to 57.5 feet went through. This provision would save 50 gallons of water.

However the web site also says that there is no evidence that the system was ever used.
Waterway Name: The Rochdale Canal

Connected Points:
The city of Manchester on the west side of the Pennine hills and the town of Sowerby Bridge on the east side.

Type: Lock

Date Opened: 1/1/1798

Elevation Difference (meters): 3.00

Site Status: Operational

Web Site: [Web Link]

Date Closed (if applicable): Not listed

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