History of the route . . .

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THE canal was pro­posed at a public meet­ing in Septem­ber 1824 at the Mac­cles­field Arms pub in Mac­cles­field.

It was cre­ated with the in­ten­tion of pro­vid­ing a cheaper and quicker way of trans­port­ing silk and coal.

The route was sur­veyed by Thomas Telford and built by Wil­liam Crosley and was one of the last to be built in Bri­tain.

Con­struc­tion of the canal be­gan at Bolling­ton in De­cem­ber 1826 and it was com­pleted in 1831 at a cost of £320,000. The canal was a hailed an in­stant suc­cess, bring­ing in an in­come of £6,000 in its first year of op­er­a­tion. As with many canals, Mac­cles­field’s passed into the hands of the rail­ways for about 100 years. In Fe­bru­ary 1912, the canal burst its banks at Ker­ridge, flood­ing sev­eral nearby streets.

The canals and the rail­ways were na­tion­alised in 1947 and the Mac­cles­field went to a new body, the Docks and In­land Wa­ter­ways Board.

Over the years the canal started to suf­fer from a lack of main­te­nance, although com­mer­cial use of the canal con­tin­ued into the 1960s. The canal is now part of the net­work owned and man­aged by the char­ity Canal and River Trust.

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