Canal reflections by peadar

Canal reflections

This is the Rochdale Canal at Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire. This lock is known as "Tuel Lock 3/4" as it replaced two original, shallower, locks. The canal is an astonishing feat of engineering, as it crosses the Pennines (the mountain ridge running up the centre of northern England), connecting Manchester with Leeds - an early manifestation of what is now a major motorway - the M62! Opened just before the turn of the 19th century, it was an early success story, probably helped by the fact it was a "broad" canal, taking a boat of 14ft width, or, more frequently, two narrowboats each of 7ft width. This made operation of the locks (which were a major impediment to speed on the canal) much more efficient.
great reflections and composition. I like the subdued colour of the scene. Fav
September 10th, 2019  
Oh yes, the water looks like a mirror!
September 10th, 2019  
I do love a canal and locks. They are such interesting places. Nice processing on this.
September 10th, 2019  
Lovely composition
September 10th, 2019  
Nice capture, reflection!!
September 10th, 2019  
Super shot and reflections. My ggg grandfather was a lock keeper in Yorkshire. I think that particular canal has long gone now though.
September 11th, 2019  
Nice shot.
September 11th, 2019  
@onewing Babs, that's amazing. I would think there's a strong possibility it was the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, which is still open and in regular use.
September 11th, 2019  
@peadar I think he was at Mirfield at some stage and Cooper Bridge rings a bell. He moved about a bit both as a lock keeper and a boat builder.

If you check put Peter Coulson's link you will see where he took photos.
https://365project.org/pcoulson/365-5/2019-02-09
September 11th, 2019  
It's amazing that despite the passage of years it still works. Beautiful shot.
September 11th, 2019  
Somehow looks so wintry too. Enjoyed your narrative. The engineering of these things is always the thing that fascinates me most.
September 11th, 2019  
Great shot
September 11th, 2019  
Super reflections! I understand the full canal is now reopened. Some 30 years ago I walked the full length of the canal in a series of days out, and much of it, especially in Lancashire, was derelict. I think one of the main reasons for the success of this canal when first built was that they didn't have to build a tunnel under the Pennines.

Ian
September 11th, 2019  
Great sight! Like!
September 11th, 2019  
What a marvellous story - my Dad would have loved this - he was an engineer and the working of locks etc fascinated him. :)
September 11th, 2019  
@robz Rob, yes, they are fascinating. Putting a canal over the Pennines must have been a huge leap, the engineering involved would make most grown men weep!
September 11th, 2019  
Like the light coming from the reflection.
September 11th, 2019  
Well this image certainly makes me miss living in England. We have nothing like this in my part of the world.
September 15th, 2019  
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