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Subsidence at Lock 15Repairs commence at Lock 15 in December 2017. By Arthur Procter.Jan 01, 2018
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Subsidence at Lock 15Repairs commence at Lock 15 in December 2017. By Arthur Procter.Jan 01, 2018
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Subsidence at Lock 15Repairs commence at Lock 15 in December 2017. By Arthur Procter.Jan 01, 2018
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Marple Wharf 2009Marple Wharf in the winter of 2009, by David Burridge.Oct 09, 2017
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Marple Wharf 2009Marple Wharf in the winter of 2009, by David Burridge.Oct 09, 2017
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Marple Wharf 2008Marple Wharf in the winter of 2008, provided by David Burridge.Oct 09, 2017
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Marple Wharf 2008Marple Wharf in the summer of 2008, provided by David Burridge.Oct 09, 2017
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Subsidence at Lock 15Signs of subsidence at Lock 15 on 23 September 2017. By Arthur Procter.Oct 02, 2017

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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 House1960 viewsA sepia shot of Aqueduct House.
From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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By the Roman Bridge1892 viewsA hand coloured postcard of the approach to Roman Bridge, c1910.
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Roman Bridge1620 viewsA young gentleman poses for the camera at Roman Bridge.
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Mineral Mill1536 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 Bridge1534 viewsThree chaps strike a pose on the Roman Bridge.
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Jinks' Boatyard1427 viewsWorkers at Jinks' Boatyard pose for a photo with great reflections.
From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Lock No. 11 19781281 viewsLock 11, from the Marple Civic Society Archives, dated 1978.
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Roman Bridge1131 viewsA group on a day trip pose for a photograph on Roman Bridge.

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Marple Aqueduct RestorationRestoration of Marple Aqueduct in the mid-1960s.
From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Roman LakesThis cartoon postcard of boaters at Roman Lakes was probably a bit risqué in the day. Provided by Janet Holmes.
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Roman BridgeYoung girls play at Roman Bridge. From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Lock 14 Gates ReplacementCRT replace the gates at Lock 14. Taken by Arthur Procter 6 January 2017. during
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Possett Bridge Tree Planting 1979Civic Society members Margaret Thomas and Basil Sexton planting trees at Possett Bridge, from the Marple Civic Society Archives, dated 1979.
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Aqueduct Refurbishment 2012-02-10De-vegetation of Marple Aqueduct begins on 10 February 2012. By Arthur Procter.
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Marple WharfA colourful view of Marple Wharf on the Macclesfield Canal.
From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Marple Wharf 2009Marple Wharf in the winter of 2009, by David Burridge.

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