Lock 2 On The Ashton Canal – Manchester, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 28.835 W 002° 13.298
30U E 551653 N 5926016
Quick Description: This is the second lock on the Ashton Canal as it ascends out of Manchester towards Ashton Under Lyne.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 5/27/2013 1:07:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMH5V4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:

The Ashton Canal
The Ashton Canal runs between Manchester and Ashton under Lyne, UK. It ascends for 6.7 miles and has 18 locks. It was originally built in 1796 to transport coal to the large industrial city of Manchester. As time went on a number of other short canals were built as branches to feed other goods from surrounding towns into the network. In 1800 the canal was extended slightly within Manchester to join the Rochdale Canal which greatly extended the network of the canals connected to Manchester.

At its peak it was a successful canal, but competition from railways and then roads caused its closure in 1958.

During the 1960s and 1970s canals started to become popular with leisure boaters. After a long campaign this canal was restored and reopened in 1974. Most of the other small canal links however remain closed, but with junctions at each end it still forms part of a large network of canals

This canal is a so-called narrow canal and the locks can take boats that have maximum dimensions of 72 feet long and 7 feet wide.

Lock 2
This lock is the second one on the canal as it starts its ascent out of Manchester and is also known as Ancoats Lock 2. It is one of three on the canal where both ends of the lock have double gates. Although this is normal for locks on broad canals, usually on narrow canals the top gate is a single gate.

In 1994 this lock became an English Heritage Grade II listed building together with an old brick built lock keeper's cottage that stands next to the lock.

There is a plaque on the bottom gates indicating they were replaced in 1997 and the top gates in 1998, both were made in Northwich. The 1997 plaque has been repainted and in better condition than the later 1998 one.

This part of Manchester is undergoing redevlopment and the canal is forming part of its focus. A number of colourul modern apartment blocks have been built near here and can be seen from the lock. They are in complete contrast to the old industrial buildings in the area.
Waterway Name: The Ashton Canal

Connected Points:
The canal connects with the Rochdale Canal at Manchester and the Hudderfield Narrow Canal at Ashton-Under-Lyne. There is also a junction with the Peak Forest Canal at Portland Basin in Ashton-Under-Lyne.


Type: Lock

Date Opened: 1/1/1796

Elevation Difference (meters): 3.00

Site Status: Operational

Web Site: [Web Link]

Date Closed (if applicable): Not listed

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