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Portland Basin, Ashton Canal
Portland Street South, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, Greater Manchester, UK
Portland Basin, Ashton Canal
associated engineer
Not known
date  1796 - 1799
era  Georgian  |  category  Canal/Navigation works  |  reference  SJ933984
photo  Paul Dunkerley / ICE R&D Fund
Portland Basin, also known as New Wharf, is the terminus of the Ashton Canal where it meets the northern end of the Peak Forest Canal. There is also a short branch to Dukinfield.
The basin was used originally for loading coal bound for Manchester. A four storey brick warehouse with two central loading bays opened in 1834. It was powered by a waterwheel.
The masonry arch bridge carrying the Ashton Canal towpath over the Peak Forest Canal was built in 1835. It has a single ring of voussoirs with a keystone, a deck of stone setts and stone flag parapets.
The warehouse was damaged badly by a fire in 1973, although the ground floor with its original cast iron columns and waterwheel survived. It was rebuilt and later enlarged, re-opening as the Portland Basin Museum on 28th April 1999.
In 2000, a small independent marina opened adjacent to the basin. A canal festival takes place at the basin every year for three days in July.
Research: PD
bibliography
"A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Greater Manchester"
by Robina McNeil and Michael Nevell
Association for Industrial Archaeology, 2000
www.ashton-under-lyne.com
www.penninewaterways.co.uk
Location

Portland Basin, Ashton Canal