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Huddersfield Broad Canal: Aspley Basin. 1949.
The Huddersfield Broad or Sir John Ramsden's canal linked with the Calder & Hebble Navigation at Cooper Bridge and climbed 94ft in 3miles to reach this basin at Aspley, where the water was drawn from the River Colne by a goit at Kings Mill, the canal took six years to complete and was finished around 1781. Even though the canal was a tremendous asset, traditional trade links lay to the west and it was decided to continue the waterway up the Colne valley into Lancashire. The difficulties in constructing a ' broad ' canal proved too great an obstacle, so a narrow cut was decided upon instead, the plan being to link up with the Ashton canal on the other side of the Pennines. A seventeen year construction programme began, the estimated costs were high with the 3 mile plus Standedge Tunnel accounting for a large outgoing. From Aspley, the canal climbed through 42 locks to reach a summit of 644ft above sea level. Through traffic began in 1811 with sailings connecting Manchester, Liverpool and the Black Country. Although the canal improved trade links to the west, the neccessity to trans -ship loads from ' broad' to 'narrow' boats at Aspley proved time consuming and inconvienient, in the days when labour was cheap and plentiful this was not a problem, but due to a shortage of these resources during World War 2 the canal fell into disuse, and was abandoned as a through route in 1943, the last commercial boat going through the Standedge Tunnel in 1921. Some Text. Alan Earnshaw.HuddersfieldEmpire
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