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Roman BridgeA classic shot of Roman Bridge in the autumn. Provided by Janet Holmes.Apr 02, 2020
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Roman LakesA hand-coloured postcard of boating at Roman Lakes provided by Janet Holmes.Apr 02, 2020
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Roman LakesA hand-coloured postcard of boating at Roman Lakes provided by Janet Holmes.Apr 02, 2020
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Plucks BridgeAncoats Lads Country Home at Plucks Bridge, provided by Janet Holmes.Apr 02, 2020
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Roman LakesA hand-coloured postcard of boating at Roman Lakes provided by Janet Holmes.Apr 02, 2020
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New Horizons at Posset BridgeNew Horizons at Posset Bridge, awaiting the arrival of HRH The Prince of Wales on 22nd March 1981. Provided by Janet Holmes.Apr 02, 2020
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Canal near Hyde Bank TunnelThe canal at Romiley, near to Hyde Bank Tunnel. Provided by Janet Holmes.Apr 02, 2020
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Roman BridgeEarly ladies fashion show on the Roman Bridge, provided by Peter Thompson.Feb 25, 2020

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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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Roman Bridge2498 viewsA young gentleman poses for the camera at Roman Bridge.
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Aqueduct House2432 viewsA sepia shot of Aqueduct House.
From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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By the Roman Bridge2357 viewsA hand coloured postcard of the approach to Roman Bridge, c1910.
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Mineral Mill1924 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 Bridge1915 viewsThree chaps strike a pose on the Roman Bridge.
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Jinks' Boatyard1836 viewsWorkers at Jinks' Boatyard pose for a photo with great reflections.
From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Lock No. 11 19781677 viewsLock 11, from the Marple Civic Society Archives, dated 1978.
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Roman Bridge1249 viewsA group on a day trip pose for a photograph on Roman Bridge.

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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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Roman Bridge 1978Roman Bridge, from the Marple Civic Society Archives, dated 1978.
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Roman LakesThe entrance to Roman Lakes on the Willows. Provided by Janet Holmes.
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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 Wharf 1995The old crane base from 1898 on Marple Wharf.
From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Roman BridgeThe message on the back of this Roman Bridge card reads: "Marple Saturday 16/5/1908. Dear Jennie, Had a splendid afternoon + finishing up here - Dad."
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Oldknow's Warehouse 1978Oldknow's Warehouse, from the Marple Civic Society Archives, dated 1978.
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Roman BridgeA newspaper cutting of Roman Bridge with the caption: "Over 20,000 visited Marple Bridge on Good Friday. The Roman Bridge was one of the beauty spots which attracted thousands of ramblers." From Marple Local History Society Archives.

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