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Aire & Calder Main Line

Description: From junction with Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Main Line, and Leeds Bridge to entrance locks to Goole Docks, junction with River Ouse.

History: Wholly opened from Leeds to Wakefield in 1704 and to Selby in 1721.

Points of Interest: The large locks are electrically operated, by lock keepers when commercial traffic is expected but by boaters at other times. A red light means don't enter the lock, green means enter and amber means the lock is boater operated.

January 1704

ACML

January 1721

Wholly opened from Leeds to Selby.

January 1818

Thomas Wood

His new basin at Leeds was opened.

September 1818

George, junior Leather

He was asked to help Thomas Wood, the company engineer, in a preliminary survey of a route from Haddlesey to the Dutch River.

September 1818

Thomas Wood

He was asked to do a preliminary survey of a route from Haddlesey to the Dutch River with the help of George Leather junior.

September 1819

George, junior Leather

He was asked to survey a possible branch to the limestone quarries at Womersley.

January 1820

Thomas Wood

He reported that the navigation improvements to Leeds were complete.

July 1820

George, junior Leather

He was given charge of construction of the new cut.

23rd January 1822

George, junior Leather

He wrote a report proposing dock accommodation at Goole for Brigs.

After January 1834

James Abernethy

Was assistant engineer to George Leather, junior, in the building of Goole Dock and ship lock.

After January 1834

George, junior Leather

Was building of Goole Dock and ship lock, assisted by James Abernethy

January 1836

George, junior Leather

He is asked to report on making a short cut to join the Goole canal to the River Don.

January 1840

George, junior Leather

He designed a new dock at Leeds.

January 1841

Thomas Hammond Bartholomew

Under his direction work began on the new Goole Dock, which was completed in 1843.

January 1981

IWA National Festival at Leeds.

 

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