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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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  • This place was perfect for my 2 ½ year old to explore - what a hidden gem. Well laid out, lots of space, lots of exhibits to interest everybody. Seemed to accurately reflect the local area's history. ...  more »
  • I take my dad who is in his 80s and my young grandchildren and they all enjoy going lovely in the summer as you can have a walk up the canal. and its all free.. 
  • Our grandson loves museums and we visited this museum on Saturday 7th Jan. Well presented and interesting museum showing the history of Tameside from the recreated street to the industrial heritage. A...  more »
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  • A hidden gem. A must see. Over a few floors it takes you back in time and is great few hours for all the family. There is a coffee shop which is cash only but nice coffee and burgers. You can also have a little boat trip.
  • Lovely trip with the family. You can get lost in the history as the victorian Street is well designed along with all the displays on offer. Kids loved it
  • Nice place to visit for all the family, quite easy spend a few hours walking around, very well set out.
  • Great free museum by the canal about local historic economy, good place to take the little ones on a rainy day. Local cafe inside also sells great value good food.
  • Really nice free museum. Not to busy and plenty to see.