Lock 9 On The Huddersfield Broad Canal – Huddersfield, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 39.690 W 001° 46.219
30U E 581255 N 5946563
Quick Description: This lock is the 9th and last lock lock on the canal from the junction with the Calder and Hebble Navigation.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/22/2013 2:37:42 PM
Waymark Code: WMG71E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
Views: 2

Long Description:

Lock 9
This lock brings the canal up to the highest level before it reaches the centre of Huddersfield. The junction with the Huddersfield Narrow Canal is 1.4 miles further on from this point.

Each end of the lock has a double pair of gates. On this canal all the lock gates have paddles built into them to let water in or out of the lock. In this case there are also paddles on the canal side just in front of the top gates.

Each set of gates has wooden platforms to stand on when operating the gate paddles. In the case of the top gates the platforms stretch right across the gates to give access to both sides of the canal when operating the lock.

This lock is also known as Red Doles Lock. Built into the lock next to the lower lock gates is a stone access bridge. Bridges are often built into canals next to locks where the canal is at its narrowest making it cheaper and easier to build. On broad canals like this one the arms to operate the gates are very long. When there is a bridge next to the lock gate like this one the arms on the gate have a bend in them otherwise they would hit the bridge when the gates are opened.

All the locks on this canal are wide enough to take 2 narrow boats side by side. In addition although the locks are only 57 and ½ feet long they can accommodate narrow boats of up to 60 feet if they enter the lock diagonally.

The Huddersfield Broad Canal
The Huddersfield Broad Canal was completed in 1780. It runs between the Calder and Hebble Navigation at Cooper Bridge and the Huddersfield Narrow Canal in the centre of Huddersfield.

The Huddersfield Broad Canal was originally known as the Cooper Canal, as it branched off the Calder and Hebble Navigation at Cooper Bridge. It was later known as Sir John Ramsden's Canal, after the Lord of the Manor and main land-owner. It later became known as the Broad Canal to distinguish it from the Narrow Canal.

The waterway is only 3¾ miles (6 km) long and has 9 wide locks and follows the valley of the River Colne.

The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 57 feet and 6 inches long and 14 feet wide.

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal has locks 72 feet long and maximum width of 6 feet 10 inches so there is a mismatch in the size of boats that can move between the two canals. When the canals were used commercially the boats’ cargoes had to be loaded and unloaded when moving between the two canals.

Obviously boats that are less than 57.5 feet long and narrower than 6 feet 10 inches can pass between both canals.

This canal never closed but because other canals such as The Huddersfield Narrow Canal had done very few boats used it. However since 2001 when the Huddersfield Narrow Canal re-opened to non commercial traffic leisure boaters have started to re-use it. The usage increased again when the Rochdale Canal re-opened in 2002. This gave access to different routes over the Pennines and also completed 2 rings of canals known as the South Pennine Ring, and The Outer Pennine Ring.
Waterway Name: The Huddersfield Broad Canal

Connected Points:
Connects the Calder and Hebble Navigation at Cooper Bridge to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal at Huddersfield.


Type: Lock

Date Opened: 1/1/1780

Elevation Difference (meters): 2.00

Site Status: Operational

Web Site: [Web Link]

Date Closed (if applicable): Not listed

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