Rochdale Canal Lock 81 – Miles Platting, UK
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N 53° 29.255 W 002° 13.017
30U E 551956 N 5926797
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: 3/21/2014 2:11:52 PM
Waymark Code: WMKCQX
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 lock is also known as Butler Lane lock

The lock gates were replaced in 2001 with gates made in Northwich as part of the canal's restoration. They have a plaque on them commemorating the event.

The lock has a small brick arch bridge over the tail of the lock. In the canal's heyday this area was heavily industrialised with the large Victoria Mill nearby. These days however industry has moved out of the area and it has been turned into a park and housing.

The bridge used to carry a road over the canal, but now just carries a footpath through the park. It also gives access to both sides of the lock for boaters to operate the lock gates. A lock always forms the narrowest part of the canal and so incorporating the bridge into the lock makes it smaller and cheaper to build.

The bridge had to be renovated during the canal restoration work and was paid for by the Millennium Lottery Fund.

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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