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Portland Basin Museum, Ashton-under-Lyne

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Dukinfield Junction is the name of the canal junction where the Peak Forest Canal, the Ashton Canal and the Huddersfield Narrow Canal meet near Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, England. The area has been designated by Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council as a conservation area.It is adjacent to Portland Basin, and the names are often used as synonyms by boaters, whilst locals refer only to Portland Basin. Strictly speaking, Portland Basin is the wide area on the main line of the canal. The arm under the junction bridge and the aqueduct over the River Tame were built by the Ashton Canal, and the junction with the Peak Forest canal was historically at the southern end of the aqueduct.HistoryThe Ashton Canal was authorised by an Act of Parliament obtained in 1792, to connect the coal mining area around Oldham and the textile mills of Ashton-under-Lyne to Manchester. It was heavily-locked, with 18 locks in. During construction, the company obtained a second Act to allow them to build the Hollinwood Branch Canal, the Stockport Canal and the Beat Bank Branch Canal. The line to Ashton and the branch to Hollinwood were both opened in December 1796, and the Stockport Branch opened in January 1797, but the Beat Bank Branch was never completed.
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  • Lovely place to visit with young children with hands on exhibits, a lovely little shop, a cafe - which had cakes etc but would benefit from serving basic meals - and right on the canal tow path. Free ...  more »
  • The Portland basin museum takes you back in time to when it was a working can walk around the floors and see weaving of cotton clothes.theres a coffee shop at the grown floor cakes tea are co...  more »
  • Visited with our grandson sho us 11 years old. Fantastic little museum. Knowledgeable friendly staff. Free entry. Good location on the canal with a very nice cafe.  more »
  • Great rain or shine. The cafe has v good coffee. Indoor recreated street good for any age kids. Play area for little ones. Hats to try on. Model rail to watch. Free museum. Marvellous
  • A fascinating place for an engineer, be warned to allow plenty of time if you take one along! The "life as it was then" reconstruction scenes were really well done, in particular the 'dummies' used were well selected and great care had been made to give them good expressions and positions, rather than just handing clothes on them. The sound effects were great for building atmosphere too
  • Interactive experience.. lovley educational fun experience and its free. Ample parking
  • What a great place for adults and children alike,the set up is good very informative ,theres a cafe,toilets ,small gift shop.childrens play area. The granddaughters loved it ,the staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Would highly recommend a visit
  • Lovely trip...about half hour..the museum great as well..also clean toilets and cafe..something nice to do with the kids..

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