Ashton Canal, Macclesfield Canal and Peak Forest Canal

I have always been interested in the canals of north-west England, particularly those of east and north-east Cheshire and Manchester. The definitive history of the Ashton, Macclesfield and Peak Forest Canals has yet to be written and there is plenty of research still to be done. These pages present information and a number of photographs of the boats, trade and traffics on these waterways. I would welcome any further information that anyone can add to this. If you think that you can help please don't hesitate to contact me.


  Photo:Basil Jeuda Collection
Photographs of commercial carrying on these waterways are very scarce. This view shows James Potts' boat Dukinfield heading north towards Bollington Aqueduct with a load of stone which was probably loaded at Kerridge stone wharf at the end of the tramroad from Bridge Quarry.
  Photo: Jack Lane Collection
    Photo: Jack Lane Collection
Maintenance boat Cecil (in British Waterways livery) at Hall's pipeworks in Dukinfield c1950. Until 1938 Hall's operated a fireclay mine next to the Clarence Mill in Bollington and the traffic in clay to Dukinfield formed one of the last through traffics on the Macclesfield and Peak Forest Canals.
  Photo:Basil Jeuda Collection
John Green's City of London is well loaded as it heads towards Macclesfield across the embankment at Dane-in-Shaw on the Macclesfield Canal near Congleton.
Canals & Inland Waterways Links
Tim Boddington's excellent Macclesfield Canal Pages
William Bates detailed pages about the Stockport Branch of the Ashton Canal
Jim Shead's waterways pages, one of the largest waterways sites on the web and has links to more related sites than any other.
The premier UK waterways site George's Canal Pages for a wide variety of information and links
For a look at Northern and European waterways Mike Clarke's Home Page
For canals in the London area and many other waterways links try the London Canal Museum
© David Kitching 2016
Last updated 22.4.2016