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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

In to the interior.

We all had a good nights sleep and as it is getting light later we have put the alarm on to 0700 from 0630 so we get extra kip too. The light rain stopped before we set off and we were straight into the centre of Stalybridge and Armentieres Square. It is named after the twinned town and the canal seems to be part of the  street scene and not a strange addition. There is also a scuklpture that is supposed to represent a set of lock gates with their beams. It is actually  a sun dial with the beam furthest away casting a shadow on to stone blocks on the ground.

Armentieres Square with the old Market Hall on the left, Holy Trinity and Christchurch in the centre and the Alan Dawes sculpture that was erected in 2008.

There are a lot of Canada Geese on the canal here abouts and I actually got a shot of one passing us in flight.

The remains of the high level conveyor that carried coal from one side of the valley to Hartshead Power Station. The Power Station was opened in 1926 and expanded in 1935, 1943 and again in 1950. Railway sidings were built on land on the other side of the valley with room for 130 wagons. The station was closed in 1979 and demolished in the 1980's. There is a substation there now. We has stopped for water and get rid of the rubbish at a neat and tidy services that had a look of  a POW camp. The water tap was so close to the casing it was very difficult to get the connection made.

We took extra care at Lock 9W as we had met the last victim of this lock. It is in a nice setting and the levels were high as can be seen by the run off through the by wash. Mind you when the lock is filled the level in the pound does drop alarmingly. The bottom gate isn't leaking that badly. I had Helen standing by at the next lock just in case but we were over the cill quickly.

The North portal of the Scout Tunnel (220yds). I made a bad fetch into the south end as it was on a sharp bend and I was talking to a bloke who was measuring along the bank. It turns out he was from the Huddersfield Canal Society and was planning some new moorings.

Getting into the hills with Mossley Brow church on top of the hill.

Last lock of the day with the sun still trying next to Woodend Mill.

Amy having a rest.

Boudary post near Lock 14W. The Huddersfield and Manchester Railway Co amalgamated with the Huddersfield Narrow Canal in 1845. The Huddersfield and Manchester was taken over by the London and Northwestern Railway Company and this must have demarked the land that belonged to them at the lock.

Woodend Mill was a cotton and weaving mill that was built between 1830 and 1840.

I went for a little walk and found a bit of wood to saw up. I filled the coal scuttle and erected the chimney ready for the cold weather that is forecast. I  also fitted the chain to.

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