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Macclesfield Canal

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1907.
1957. Marple Wharf.
1961. Bollington Aqueduct.
1961. Stretch near Oakgrove.

This canal runs from Hall Green Junction to Marple connecting with the Peak Forest Canal to Whaley Bridge.

It was one of the last to be constructed during the 'Canal era'; completed in 1831. The route was surveyed and confirmed by Thomas Telford, but Crossley was the build engineer.

It had the benefit of the most advanced tecniques in canal building and is particularly striaght with many impressive embankments. However, being so late in its arrival meant that the introduction of the railways clouded its success.

The only locks on the canal are a flight of 12 near Bosley, except for the stop lock at Hall Green. This is characteristic of Thomas Telford because he prefered to concentrate the locks in a flight rather than spread them out.

Up until the first World War it was heavily used, primarily to transport coal.[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. British Waterways 11 Macclesfield Canal