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Calder & Hebble Navigation
Fall Ings Lock & Cut
Wakefield Flood Lock
Wakefield to Calder Island
Thornes Cut
Lupset Pond
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Mirfield to Brighouse
Brighouse to Sowerby Bridge
Halifax Arm

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Wakefield Waterfront

The Calder and Hebble Navigation is a broad canal (i.e. with 14-feet-wide, 4.3 m, locks and bridgeholes) in West Yorkshire, England. It has remained navigable since it was opened.
The Navigation starts in Wakefield at Fall Ings Lock, where there is ajunction with the Aire and Calder Navigation and runs upstream through Wakefield, crossing the M1 motorway near junction 39, to Mirfield. After Mirfield there is a junction with the Huddersfield Broad Canal. The Navigation ends at Sowerby Bridge, where there is an end-on junction with the Rochdale Canal. Other towns on the navigation include Horbury, Dewsbury and Brighouse. The former branch to Halifax is no longer navigable, except for a stub now known as the Salterhebble Arm.
Construction started in November 1759 and additions and improvements were made well into the 19th century. See Wikipedia for an interesting article on the Navigation.
Views of the Calder & Hebble Navigation from Broad Cut to Fall Ings Lock.
Click images to enlarge.
Click to enlargeFall Ings Lock, this is where the Calder & Hebble and Aire & Calder Navigations meet. Fall Ings Cut goes upstream from the lock to Wakefield Flood Lock at Wakefield Waterfront.
© John S. Sargent 3rd August 2009.
See more pictures of Fall Ings Lock.

Click to enlargeWakefield Flood Lock, now encompassed by the, as yet incomplete, regeneration of Wakefield's River Calder waterfront. This is at the upstream end of Fall Ings Cut. The cut enables boats to travel up from the Aire & Calder Navigation to Wakefield Pond and beyond.
© John S. Sargent 23rd October 2009.
More pictures of the Flood Lock here.

Click to enlargeRiver Calder - Calder & Hebble Navigation to the west of Wakefield. Looking downstream towards the city. The railway bridge carries the Doncaster - Leeds spur of the East Coast Mainline.
© John S. Sargent 22nd September 2009.
See more pictures of this stretch between the Wakefield Waterfront and Calder Island.
Click to enlargeThornes Lock at Calder Island at the eastern end of Thornes Cut.
Click to enlargeBroad Cut on the Calder & Hebble Navigation. © John S. Sargent 2010.
More pictures of the Broad Cut here.
Click to enlargeMirfield to Brighouse.
This is the Richard Oastler pub in Brighouse. More pictures of this section here.
Click to enlargeBrighouse to Sowerby Bridge. Elland is included in this section.
Photograph of Cromwell Bridge, made in Leeds, 1895.
More pictures of this section here.
Click to enlargePhotograph of Elland no later than 1908. Both the canal (left) and the River Calder are shown.
[Ily Spencer, Southgate, Elland]
Click to enlargeThe Halifax Arm joins the mainline at Salterhebble Locks and ends at Exley Basin. Hebble Brook (the 'Hebble' part of the canal's name) flows into the River Calder in this area. More pictures of the Halifax Arm here.  
More pictures of the Calder and Hebble Navigation at Wakefield's Waterfront here.  

Calder & Hebble Route Diagram

Wakefield and Wool, John Goodchild, 1981.
Wakefield and Wool,
John Goodchild, 1981.
Wakefield Historical
ISBN 0 901869 10 4
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