Rochdale Canal Lock 47 – Littleborough, UK
Posted by: dtrebilc
N 53° 38.714 W 002° 05.366
30U E 560193 N 5944436
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: Northwest England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/13/2011 8:19:55 AM
Waymark Code: WMD3AR
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 tunnels. 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 tunnels 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 September 2007.
Details of this lock
Lock 47 is on the western side of the summit and is next to the A58 and allows boats to pass under this road.
There has been some subsidence affecting the walls of the lock. This has meant that although the lock is in theory wide enough to to carry two boats side by side, British Waterways have restricted its use to one boat at a time.
Waterway Name: Rochdal Canal
Links the city of Manchester with the town of Sowerby Bridge.
Date Opened: 1/1/1804
Elevation Difference (meters): 3.00
Site Status: Operational
Date Closed (if applicable): Not listed
Web Site: Not listed
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