Rochdale Canal Lock 57 – Slattocks, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 34.181 W 002° 10.530
30U E 554600 N 5935961
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: 2/16/2014 12:05:51 PM
Waymark Code: WMK5GW
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 a summit tunnel. 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 a summit tunnel 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 2002.

Details of this lock
This is one of a flight of 6 locks known as Slattocks locks near the small hamlet of Slattocks. Each lock has only a short pound in between and the full flight only covers a distance of half a mile. This section of the canal was restored in 1999.

Next to the bottom lock gates is a small wooden footbridge that gives access to both sides of the lock for boaters to operate the lock gates.

Waterway Name: The Rochdale Canal

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


Type: Lock

Date Opened: 1/1/1804

Elevation Difference (meters): 2.00

Site Status: Operational

Web Site: [Web Link]

Date Closed (if applicable): Not listed

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