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Ashton Canal

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Full name: The Manchester Ashton-under-Lyne Oldham and Stockport Canal.

Route: From a junction with the Rochdale Canal at Ducie Street in Manchester to Ashton-under-Lyne where it meets the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, 6.7 miles long with 18 locks.

In 1798, Benjamin Outram was retained by the company to complete the final section of the Ashton Canal which included the Store Street Aqueduct, probably the first successful skew arch aqueduct.

1955 photos of beam engine on the Old Lane Colliery branch at Daisy Nook here and here, during demolition. For more information on this branch, also known as Hollinwood Branch Canal, see Wikipedia entry. The branch passed through Daisy Nook Country Park, now owned by the National Trust. The canal has a number of features of interest, including Waterhouses Aqueduct aqueduct over the River Medlock and the masonry and cast iron Crime Aqueduct over Crime Lane. This branch had another branch, the Fairbottom Branch Canal, which was supplied with water by the pumping engine known as Fairbottom Bobs.

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