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Ashton Canal

Description: Runs from the junction with the Rochdale Canal at Manchester to the Junction with the Peak Forest Canal at Ashton-Under-Lyne.

History: Promoted under Acts of 1792, 1793, 1798, 1800 and 1805. Completed, except for the Ancoats to Piccadilly section, about 1796. Main line completed in 1799. Excluded from British Waterways cruising licence in 1959.

Points of Interest: It was the subject of "Operation Ashton", one of the largest voluntary clearance operations. The canal is now completely restored. It forms part of the Cheshire Ring.

See Priestley's Navigable Rivers and Canals for more information.

November 1791

Thomas Brown

Probably prerared the plans and estimates for the canal.

January 1792

Promoted under Acts of Parliament.

January 1793

Branches promoted under Acts of Parliament

January 1796

Completed, except for the Ancoats to Piccadilly section, about this year.

January 1798

Promoted under Acts of Parliament

July 1798

Benjamin Outram

Acting as contractor to the company he was building the basin at Piccadilly.

January 1799

Main line completed.

January 1800

Promoted under Acts of Parliament

January 1805

Promoted under Acts of Parliament

December 1831

John Wood

He was appointed engineer at 180 a year.

January 1959

Excluded from British Waterways cruising licence.

 

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