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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 House2360 viewsA sepia shot of Aqueduct House.
From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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By the Roman Bridge2274 viewsA hand coloured postcard of the approach to Roman Bridge, c1910.
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Roman Bridge2150 viewsA young gentleman poses for the camera at Roman Bridge.
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Roman Bridge1857 viewsThree chaps strike a pose on the Roman Bridge.
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Mineral Mill1847 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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Jinks' Boatyard1763 viewsWorkers at Jinks' Boatyard pose for a photo with great reflections.
From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Lock No. 11 19781616 viewsLock 11, from the Marple Civic Society Archives, dated 1978.
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Roman Bridge1228 viewsA group on a day trip pose for a photograph on Roman Bridge.

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Marple MarinaMarple Marina near Top Lock, from Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Bottoms HallBottoms Hall, from Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Bridge No. 2An unusual photo looking towards Ring o' Bells bridge, (No.2) and on towards the Wharf. The Ringers can be just seen top right.
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Top LockA view of Top lock from a fuzzy slide.
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Lock No. 09A view of Lock 9 on the Peak Forest Canal taking in the Lock Keeper's Cottage.
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Marple Aqueduct and ViaductAnother view of the Marple Aqueduct and Viaduct, becoming obscured by trees.
Updated from Marple Local History Society Archives 16 May 2010.
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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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Weir and ViaductA steam train crossing the viaduct at Roman Lakes. provided by Janet Holmes.

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