Rochdale Canal Lock 63 – Middleton, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 33.282 W 002° 09.992
30U E 555214 N 5934301
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: 2/27/2014 3:38:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMK8BA
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
The lock has a small stone arch bridge over the tail of the lock. This provides access for a nearby farm. 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.

Locks always have an overflow channel that allows excess water to flow round the lock when the gates are closed. The design of the channel varies, depending on the nearby terrain. Usually the channel is on the opposite side of the lock to the tow path and the water reenters the canal some distance past the lock. However at this point the canal is on an embankment and there is less room than normal.

In this case the channel is covered by the tow path and the water exits the channel at an acute angle very close to the lock. In effect the exit channel forms a second arch to the access bridge except it’s at an angle to the arch on the bridge.
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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