Original Lock 2E On The Huddersfield Narrow Canal – Huddersfield, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 38.421 W 001° 46.843
30U E 580608 N 5944198
Quick Description: This lock used to be the 2nd from the centre of Huddersfield on the east side of the Standedge Tunnel at the summit.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/3/2013 3:07:17 PM
Waymark Code: WMG2AP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:

Original Lock 2E
This is the remains of the original lock 2E and now simply forms a through channel in the canal.

In 1981 work started to renovate this canal (see full story below) and this stretch was the last part of the canal to be completed in 2001. It is near to the start of the canal and in an industrial area of Huddersfield. After the canal closed in 1944 this part of the canal was covered over and also built on by a company called Bates and Company. When it was decided to re-open the canal it was necessary to build a tunnel under that new building. In order for the canal to be at the correct level the original lock 2E was moved westwards so that the canal could be lowered at an earlier position than before. This website shows the canal before the restoration work started and the results of the work. Because the lock was moved westwards the canal at this point became much deeper than before so the walls have had to be buttressed to support them.

At the end of the lock is a sign containing safety instructions for using the tunnel.
Tunnel Safety
Remain inside the boat
Extinguish all naked lights except pilot lights
Do not smoke
Do not use cooking appliances
Keep at least 250 metres apart
Switch on your headlight
Turn off your engine if you have to stop for any reason

British Waterways

If you are walking along the canal west away from the town centre you have to leave the canal here. The tunnel underneath Bates and Company does not have a tow path and is not accessible on foot. Although the new lock 2E is on the far side of the tunnel there is still no tow path and is not accessible on foot. Signs direct you along Queen Street, Colne Road and Chapel Hill Road to a brand new lock 3E completed in 2012. This website shows this pedestrian route between lock 1E and lock 3E.

If you are walking towards the city centre from this old lock you will soon reach lock 1E and the junction with the Huddersfield Broad Canal.

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal
This canal is one of three that crosses the Pennine Hills and built to provide transport between Huddersfield in Yorkshire and Ashton-Under-Lyne in Lancashire.

As the name suggest it is a narrow canal that although was cheaper to build had less carrying capacity compared to the other two broad canals.

Work started on it in 1794 and partly due to the need to construct the longest canal tunnel in the United Kingdom it was completed 17 years later in 1811.

The canal is only 20 miles long and due to the nature of the terrain has 74 locks even though the summit tunnel reduced the required number of locks. The canal climbs 436 feet from Huddersfield and descends 334 feet to Ashton-Under-Lyne.

In theory having a summit tunnel to reduce the number of locks means that the journey times should be relatively short. However the tunnel does not have a tow path and when it was first opened it was necessary to lead the horses over the moor to the other end of the tunnel. Meanwhile it was necessary to leg the boat through the tunnel. This involved specialist workers who lay on their backs and used their legs with their feet against the tunnel wall to leg the boat through.

Competition from the railways led to the closure of the canal in 1944.

During the 1970s leisure boating in the U.K. had become popular and there were various campaigns to re-open canals that had lain derelict for a number of years.

Work on restoring this canal started in 1981 and the whole canal was finally reopened by 2001. These days the canal is only open to leisure boaters and with the re-opening of other connecting canals it is possible to travel far and wide.

However boats are restricted to maximum width of 6 feet 10 inches and a draught of 3 feet 3 inches which does restrict some boats that are used on the broad canals.
Waterway Name: The Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Connected Points:
Links the Huddersfield Broad Canal at Huddersfield in Yorkshire to the Ashton Canal at Ashton-Under-Lyne in Lancashire.


Type: Lock

Date Opened: 1/1/1811

Elevation Difference (meters): .00

Site Status: Remnants

Web Site: [Web Link]

Date Closed (if applicable): Not listed

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