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HUDDERSFIELD BROAD CANAL


Moorings on the Huddersfield Broad Canal. The Huddersfield Broad Canal began life in the 18th century. It runs between the Huddersfield Narrow Canal in the centre of Huddersfield to the Calder and Hebble Navigation at Cooper Bridge.
[Photographed July 2010.]

The Huddersfield Broad Canal was originally known as the Cooper Canal, as it branched off the Calder and Hebble Navigation at Cooper Bridge. It was later known as Sir John Ramsden's Canal, after the local Lord of the Manor and main land-owner. It later became known as the Broad Canal to distinguish it from the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.

It was opened in 1776 and was the major transportation link for the textile industry in Huddersfield, bringing in coal and shipping out finished textiles.

Possibly the most notable feature on the canal is the lift bridge at Quay Street, Huddersfield. Until recently this was windlass-operated although it is now electric. Despite being a lift bridge, it is known as Turnbridge. It is also known as Locomotive Bridge, perhaps due to its a similarity to early steam locomotives.
[See also Pennine Waterways, site accessed 04 Dec 2018.]

Turnbridge Locomotive Lift Bridge. Turnbridge Locomotive Lift Bridge (built 1865) over the canal near Aspley Basin.
At Aspley Basin, the Huddersfield Broad Canal meets the Huddersfield Narrow Canal.
[July 2010]

Huddersfield Broad Canal near Turnbridge Locomotive Lift Bridge. Huddersfield Broad Canal near Turnbridge Locomotive Lift Bridge.
[July 2010]

Aspley Basin, Huddersfield. Aspley Basin, Huddersfield.
[July 2010]

Aspley Basin  with, in the distance,  Victoria Tower  overlooking Huddersfield. Aspley Basin with, in the distance, Victoria Tower on Castle Hill overlooking Huddersfield. The tower was completed in 1899 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the commencement of Queen Victoria's reign. The corner-stone of the tower was laid on 25 June 1898 by Mr John Frechville Ramsden and was officially opened by the Earl of Scarborough on 24 June 1899. The walls of the tower are four feet thick at the bottom, tapering to two feet at the top. The tower was renovated in 1960 when the top seven feet were removed. It reaches the height of almost 997 feet above sea level. Victoria Tower is open to the public on certain days of the year.
[Source Kirklees Council, West Yorkshire]

Huddersfield Broad Canal
Aspley Basin  with, in the distance,  Victoria Tower  overlooking Huddersfield.





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