Rochdale Canal Mile 6 – Hebden Bridge, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 44.455 W 002° 01.433
30U E 564379 N 5955138
Quick Description: This milestone marks the 6th mile from the start of Rochdale Canal in Sowerby Bridge.
Location: Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 5/17/2012 11:18:42 AM
Waymark Code: WMEEM5
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
Views: 3

Long Description:
The Rochdale Canal was the first canal built to cross the Pennines to connect Lancashire with Yorkshire.

It was completed in 1804 and connected Sowerby Bridge in Yorkshire with Manchester in Lancashire 32 miles away.

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.

A new set of cast iron milestones was installed by the Rochdale Canal Society to mark the restoration of the canal.

This milestone marks mile 6 from the start of the canal in Sowerby Bridge, with 26 miles to Manchester. This particular milestone is very close to lock 11.
Condition: Worn

Material: Metal

                6 ROCHDALE CANAL TRUST MANCHESTER   SOWERBY                      BRIDGE 26 MILES               6 MILES

Name of road: The Rochdale Canal

Date placed: Not listed

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