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Roman BridgeMore Victorian visitors to the Roman Bridge. Provided by Janet Holmes.Feb 08, 2021
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Bottom LockA view from Bottom Lock with Aqueduct House in the background. Provided by Janet Holmes.Feb 08, 2021
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Marple Canal BridgeThe is the bridge that still crosses the Peak Forest Canal going up to the Ridge. Note the swing bridge in the foreground, which is no longer there. Have a look for traces when you are next passing. Provided by Janet Holmes.Feb 08, 2021
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Roman BridgeA timeless image of children posing on the Roman Bridge. Provided by Janet Holmes.Feb 08, 2021
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Marple WharfThe wonderful view of Marple Wharf from Bridge No. 2 on the Macclesfield Canal. Provided by Janet Holmes.Feb 08, 2021
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Marple CanalFishing on Marple Canal in a bowler hat. Provided by Janet Holmes.Feb 08, 2021
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Roman LakesVisitors watch the boaters at Roman Lakes in their Sunday best. Provided by Janet Holmes.Feb 08, 2021
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Hyde Bank TunnelA hand-coloured postcard of the entrance to Hyde Bank Tunnel. Provided by Janet Holmes.Feb 08, 2021

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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 Bridge2565 viewsA young gentleman poses for the camera at Roman Bridge.
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Aqueduct House2506 viewsA sepia shot of Aqueduct House.
From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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By the Roman Bridge2427 viewsA hand coloured postcard of the approach to Roman Bridge, c1910.
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Mineral Mill1991 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 Bridge1968 viewsThree chaps strike a pose on the Roman Bridge.
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Jinks' Boatyard1908 viewsWorkers at Jinks' Boatyard pose for a photo with great reflections.
From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Lock No. 11 19781728 viewsLock 11, from the Marple Civic Society Archives, dated 1978.
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Roman Bridge1316 viewsA group on a day trip pose for a photograph on Roman Bridge.

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Top Lock HouseTop Lock House on the Peak Forest Canal, from Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Flood Gate Cottage 1978Flood Gate Cottage and the Viaduct, from the Marple Civic Society Archives, dated 1978.
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Flood Gates CottageVisitors pose at Flood Gates Cottage. From Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Stone Mason at Marple WharfA fantastic postcard of Marple Wharf showing a busy stone mason at work at Top Lock.
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Top LockA colour scene of Top Lock showing the old British Legion.
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Lock No. 03This scene puzzled us for a while but we now know that it was a small warehouse or similar building at Lock 3. The outline of the foundations can still be seen on the tow path.
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Bottoms Hall - Apprentice HousesImage of the Apprentice Houses at Bottoms Hall from a piece of college work done in the early 1960s now in Marple Local History Society Archives.
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Roman BridgeA young gentleman poses for the camera at Roman Bridge.

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