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Roman BridgeChildren play at Roman Bridge many years ago. Provided by Janet Holmes.Dec 30, 2018
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Glen CottageFormer Lock Keeper's Cottage at Lock 6 on the Peak Forest Canal. Provided by Janet Holmes.Dec 30, 2018
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Roman BridgeLadies pose on the Roman Bridge. Provided by Janet Holmes.Dec 30, 2018
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Roman BridgeOften spotted postcards of this chap going the other way over Roman Bridge but this is the only one seen of him coming back. Provided by Janet Holmes.Dec 30, 2018
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Roman LakesRowing boats at Roman Lakes. Provided by Janet Holmes.Dec 30, 2018
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Roman LakesLadies in their finest are rowed around Roman Lakes. Provided by Janet Holmes.Dec 30, 2018
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View from Roman BridgeTow young men enjoy the view from Roman Bridge. Provided by Janet Holmes.Dec 30, 2018
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Roman LakesA group of girls visit the Tea Gardens at Roman Lakes. Provided by Janet Holmes.Dec 30, 2018

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Canals and LocksThe Peak Forest Canal running through Marple was constructed between 1794 and 1805. The upper section to Bugsworth was complete in 1796 and the lower section to Ashton, including the Grand Aqueduct, was finished in 1800. The locks themselves were not finished until 1804, so a tramway was used to connect the two sections. Click here to read more about the history of the canals.
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Marple Aqueduct (& Viaduct)


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This album features the Grand Marple Aqueduct, which took seven years to build. Finished in 1800, it came close to ruin in the 1960s but is now a Grade I listed national treasure, and a scheduled ancient monument. Click here to read more about Marple Aqueduct.

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The Canals and Locks


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Marple's Canal and Locks were unnavigable in the 1960s but thanks to the campaigning and determination of the Peak Forest Canal Society they were eventually dredged and rebuilt. Today they are part of the beautiful Cheshire Ring and Marple's greatest tourist asset. Click here fro a Virtual Tour of Marple Locks.

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Roman LakesThe 'Roman Lakes' are not Roman at all but were christened this in Victorian times when they were a huge tourist attraction bringing enormous crowds to Marple, especially on Bank Holidays. The lakes were actually the mill ponds constructed for Oldknow's Mellor Mill in 1790, and although still popular, things are much quieter today. Click here to read more about visitors to Marple in Victorian times.
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Roman Bridge


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Possibly Marple's most popular setting of all, the Roman Bridge features on numerous postcards both old and modern. We've made a point of collecting as many as we can and there will soon be further additions to this album.

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Roman Lakes and Surrounds


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The canal and then the Railways bought floods of people seeking fresh air and the tranquil beauty of Marple's 'Roman Lakes'. It was not unusal for thousands of visitors to arrive on Bank Holiday weekends, all in their Sunday best!

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Aqueduct House2128 viewsA sepia shot of Aqueduct House.
From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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By the Roman Bridge2060 viewsA hand coloured postcard of the approach to Roman Bridge, c1910.
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Roman Bridge1779 viewsA young gentleman poses for the camera at Roman Bridge.
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Mineral Mill1687 viewsThe ruins of the Mineral Mill, part of the Lime Kilns complex on the Peak Forest Canal.
Updated from Marple Local History Society Archives 1 May 2010.
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Roman Bridge1680 viewsThree chaps strike a pose on the Roman Bridge.
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Jinks' Boatyard1565 viewsWorkers at Jinks' Boatyard pose for a photo with great reflections.
From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Lock No. 11 19781437 viewsLock 11, from the Marple Civic Society Archives, dated 1978.
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Roman Bridge1174 viewsA group on a day trip pose for a photograph on Roman Bridge.

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Aqueduct Repairs Jan 2015Aqueduct repairs being carried out on 14 January 2015. By Arthur Procter.
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Repairs at Lock 12Canal and Rivers Trust carrying out repairs in December 2012. By Arthur Procter.
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Top Lock BasinView of Top Lock Basin. (Where is the British Legion????)
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Top Lock 1967The boat "Rainbow" tied up at Top Lock in November 1967. From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Top LockA floating shop moored at Top Lock.
From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Flood Gates WeirFlood Gates Weir near Roman Lakes.
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Roman BridgeRoman Bridge, a classic shot.
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Flood Gates CottageA panoramic view of Flood Gates Cottage and viaduct. From Marple Local History Society Archives.

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