Peak Forest Canal Milestone - Buxworth, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 20.121 W 001° 58.296
30U E 568478 N 5910069
Quick Description: This milestone is at one end of the Peak Forest Canal in the Bugsworth Canal basin. It shows the distance to other end of the canal at the junction with the Ashton Canal.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/15/2014 3:26:21 PM
Waymark Code: WMKYHG
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Sieni
Views: 1

Long Description:
The Peak Forest Canal was built to transport limestone and grit stone from quarries a few miles from here. The final climb to the quarries was very steep for a canal and so this basin was connected to the quarries by a horse drawn tramway.

It was one of the biggest ports on the UK canal network, is the only remaining complete canal / tram interchange. The basin is now protected as Scheduled Ancient Monument number 242 under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979.

The basin closed down for industrial purposes in the 1920s. The main part of the canal was restored and reopened in 1974 and then this basin reopened in 2003.

The milestone is a replica of the original and was erected as part of the renovation project.

It stands between the north bank of the main line of the canal and a side arm of the canal.
Condition: Worn

Date placed: 1/1/2000

Material: Stone

Inscription:
Front of the milestone 14 1/2 MILES TO ASHTON JUNC Rear of the milestone IWPS Ltd 2000


Name of road: The Peak Forest Canal

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