Rochdale Canal, Thickone Lock 43 – Calderbrook, UK
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N 53° 39.416 W 002° 04.962
30U E 560621 N 5945743
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: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/16/2011 1:25:59 PM
Waymark Code: WMD4A0
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.

Details of this lock
Lock 43, known as Thickone Lock, is on the western side of the summit. This lock is near Calderbrook and there is a large old mill here. This lock is not very far from the highest point on the canal, and much of the canal is in open countryside around here. However this is the middle lock of a group of three that have old mills nearby. The company of Fothergill and Harvey was established in 1859 and used the canal to ship raw cotton from Manchester to these weaving mills. This is the largest and is called Rock Nook Mill.

Fothergill and Harvey had links with a company that developed a method of producing Khaki dye used in army uniforms in hot countries. When the Boer War broke out the company became the main manufacturers of the required army uniforms which made them very profitable.

This part of the canal is easily accessible from the road that crosses the canal from the A6033 at Timbercliffe.

When I was here the lock gate at the higher end of the canal had been left open, and water was overflowing from the front gate. A passer by said he thought that the gate had been left open because there had been a lot of rain recently and they were draining water off the top reservoir. I'm not sure though because this canal often struggles to have enough water in the reservoirs and the use of the locks restricted.

The next lock up definitely looked lower than normal. Anyway not long after I left this lock a boat arrived , and when I returned the same way about an hour later the gate had been closed.
Waterway Name: Rochdale Canal

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


Type: Lock

Date Opened: 1/1/1804

Elevation Difference (meters): 4.00

Site Status: Operational

Web Site: [Web Link]

Date Closed (if applicable): Not listed

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