Huddersfield Narrow Canal Restoration

Stalybridge & Slaithwaite

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All photographs were taken prior to the canal being reopened to full navigation


Extensive work at Stalybridge has transformed the town centre and adjacent canal towpaths. This is the top lock at Stalybridge, shortly before the canal re-opened to boats.

The original line of the canal is beyond the bridge in this picture. The Huddersfield Narrow Canal re-opened to traffic on 1st May 2001, and was officially opened by Prince Charles in autumn 2001.

Slaithwaite after restoration

Slaithwaite - old meets new

Slaithwaite - new section

A new section of canal has been built at Slaithwaite (location for Skelthwaite in TV's ' Where the Heart Is ' and the canal-side scenes in ' Last of the Summer Wine ') The half mile section of canal had been filled in, but fortunately not built over.

Work started towards the end of 1999 and is now complete. The new line of the canal replaces a carpark, footpath and a grassed area.

Slaithwaite - new section

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