Rochdale Canal Lock 36 – Walsden, UK
Posted by: dtrebilc
N 53° 40.577 W 002° 04.976
30U E 560577 N 5947896
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: 7/1/2012 2:35:46 PM
Waymark Code: WMERF9
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.
All the locks on the canal have a standard length of 72 feet (22 metres).
Details of this lock
This lock is named Longlees Lock, and has an integrated wooden foot bridge that gives access to the other side of the canal to allow the lock gates to be operated.
This lock is at the eastern end of the summit pound. It is the highest broad lock in England at 600 feet. To get here from the start of the canal at Sowerby Bridge in Yorkshire has meant passing up through 34 locks. (2 of the original 92 have been integrated into 1 deep lock).
Coming from the end of the canal in Manchester from Lancashire has meant passing up through 57 locks. This lock marks the beginning of the descent from Lancashire into Yorkshire.
Waterway Name: The Rochdale Canal
The city of Manchester on the west side of the Pennine hills and the town of Sowerby Bridge on the east side.
Date Opened: 1/1/1804
Elevation Difference (meters): 3.00
Site Status: Operational
Web Site: [Web Link]
Date Closed (if applicable): Not listed
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