Lock 16 On The Ashton Canal – Clayton, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 28.705 W 002° 09.910
30U E 555403 N 5925816
Quick Description: This is the sixteenth lock on the Ashton Canal as it ascends out of Manchester towards Ashton Under Lyne.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/6/2013 3:10:25 PM
Waymark Code: WMH8E6
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 16
This lock is the sixteenth one on the canal as it starts its ascent out of Manchester. It is also known as the Clayton Top Lock 16 and is the last and highest one of nine locks in Clayton.

As is usual with narrow canals the top gate is a single gate whilst the bottom end has a double set of gates. This is unlike locks on broad canals where the gates at both ends of the locks are double ones. The double bottom gates have a date plaque indicating that they were replaced with new ones made in Stanley Ferry in 2011.

The lock chamber at the bottom gates has a double set of stone steps flanking the lock chamber that descend down to the towpath. There is also a small metal foot bridge next to the double gates to allow boaters to access both sides of the canal to operate the gates. Very close to the double gates is a road bridge carrying Edge Lane over the canal. Bridges are often built near to locks because the canal is at it narrowest at the point and it is cheaper and easier to build them there.
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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