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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 24th September, 2014)

Top Lock


Top Lock
New Springs

Photo: Ron Dawber  (Pentax k100D)
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Comment by: Ken R on 24th September 2014 at 00:09

A different angle makes up a different photo, good one Ron.

Comment by: pat on 24th September 2014 at 05:51

A lovely photo, nice and peaceful.

Comment by: Neil Rigby on 24th September 2014 at 06:53

Lovely - wish I were there.

Comment by: scholes Malc on 24th September 2014 at 07:42

and where was that link meant to go to - diferences of opinions?

Comment by: Whelley Wayne on 24th September 2014 at 07:45

still talk of a marina up there? - the house opposite has incurred the wrath of BW for digging out a mooring for a boat on his land - he has since attempted to hide it - take a look next time you are up there

Comment by: Mick on 24th September 2014 at 07:58

Ron I saw the boat you mentioned when we met up there last week it was just approaching dean locks when I went passed it.

Schole Malc the link was meant to go to Bolton and Bury via Hindley Green

Comment by: Maureen on 24th September 2014 at 09:47

That's just a beautiful peaceful photo to see in the morning Ron,thank you.

Comment by: maggie on 24th September 2014 at 10:06

Thank you for such lovely memories of a happy Sunday afternoon when we navigated these locks.

Comment by: Ron D on 24th September 2014 at 10:09

The dwelling, a bungalow across from top lock, hasn't always been so. It was built originally an office for a steel rolling mill that was situated to the rear.The mooring belonged to it but had silted up.It has since been dredged,not dug out. About 50 or so yards up stream from it is what appears to be a mine shaft ,but was a well that supplied water for the plant.

Comment by: Rev David Long on 24th September 2014 at 13:08

Mick - the link was to go to Westhoughton, and then on to the Bridgewater at Worsley.
Hadfield & Biddle's 'Canals of North-West England' states that the canal was hastily extended towards Westhoughton from Top Lock in 1836 as a spoiling tactic aimed at the railway company which was building its line across the canal's intended course towards Westhoughton - the railway company would have the expense of building a bridge over the extension.

Comment by: christine roberts on 24th September 2014 at 13:45

Very beautiful photo once again.Thank you Ron.

Comment by: MikeW on 24th September 2014 at 14:46

When the L&L was completed it did not run all the way between the two cities. The section between Johnsons Hillock and the Wigan flight was originally part of the Lancaster canal and its this section we are looking at now. Over the years this section became `adopted` into the L7L. It was originally intended to run the Lancaster to Westhoughton and ultimately on to the Bridgewater but this never happened. The short section is as far as they got and is still recognised as part of the Lancaster canal.

http://canalplan.org.uk/waterway/b9d6

Comment by: Colin Harlow on 24th September 2014 at 15:00

Very nice shot Ron.

Comment by: John H on 24th September 2014 at 23:42

Cracking shot Ron, That Pentax K 100 D Super is a good camera. Nice to see you putting that camera to good use, great shot

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