EPW016447 ENGLAND (1926). The River Irk passing under the Rochdale Canal and the railway line, Chadderton, 1926

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Title [EPW016447] The River Irk passing under the Rochdale Canal and the railway line, Chadderton, 1926
Reference EPW016447
Date 6-August-1926
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Place name CHADDERTON
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Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 389002, 406336
Longitude / Latitude -2.1660253810598, 53.553293740312
National Grid Reference SD890063

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Site of a further breach of the canal bank on Saturday 23rd April 2005. This occurred next to the Irk Aqueduct, emptying a mile of canal between Lock 63 and the Rose of Lancaster pub. It happened on a mile-long pound, so a considerable amount of water was swept into the River Irk, presumably along with fish and other wildlife. The embankment each side of the Irk Aqueduct is made up largely of sand, which may have contributed to the seriousness of the breach. The aqueduct itself did not suffer any structural damage.

keith
Friday 22nd of May 2015 03:43:18 PM
Mills Hill Co-Op

Alan Tinker
Friday 6th of March 2015 08:15:44 AM
Chadderton Golf course

Mike Taylor
Thursday 24th of July 2014 12:05:42 PM
The Duke of Bridgewater public house 1842-1956

Allan
Friday 8th of November 2013 10:49:17 PM
The Duke of Bridgewater pub must have been a private residence after the pub closed. I knew a lad who lived there - we must have both been about 13 in 1960-61 and he drowned in the canal close to the house. I don't remember his name.

Mike T.
Monday 25th of July 2016 12:18:23 AM
Chadderton Hall Lake. On July 11th 1927, the swollen River Irk to the left of the lake, overflowed its banks in torrential rain and caused the lake bank to collapse. This then added to the already swollen river, the force of which caused the canal bank to collapse which led to the Middleton Flood.

Geoff Wellens
Friday 19th of October 2012 07:22:03 PM
This is the point where the canal embankment collapsed on July 11 1927 causing the catastrophic flood resulting in the deaths of 3 people in Middleton.

Geoff Wellens
Friday 19th of October 2012 07:18:44 PM

eddief
Monday 17th of September 2012 03:26:53 PM
Lock & footbridge.

eddief
Monday 17th of September 2012 03:25:43 PM
Lock & footbridge.

eddief
Monday 17th of September 2012 03:25:01 PM

eddief
Monday 17th of September 2012 03:23:28 PM
This basin, created when the canal was built c1804 and the railway c1839, held millions of gallons of canal and river water which was then pressured through the twin culverts beneath the railway embankment. The force of the flood water knocked out several bridges between the railway and Middleton town centre.

Geoff Wellens
Friday 3rd of August 2012 06:34:43 PM
Another great photo Geoff-thanks for posting.

Cabby
Tuesday 29th of July 2014 06:58:26 AM
This is the Rochdale Canal bridge that was undermined by a very swollen river Irk on 11 July 1927. The flood was worsened when the bank of Chadderton Hall Lake (just visible top right) collapsed and emptied into the Irk. 3 Middleton people died as a result of the flood.

Geoff Wellens
Friday 3rd of August 2012 06:27:19 PM
This is an incident I had never heard of before Geoff. many thanks for this information and a great photo.

Cabby
Tuesday 29th of July 2014 06:55:56 AM
Mills Hill House

Al Roach
Monday 16th of July 2012 10:56:29 AM
Rose of Lancaster

Al Roach
Monday 16th of July 2012 10:55:49 AM
Irk Vale Chemical works

Al Roach
Monday 16th of July 2012 10:54:36 AM
Original Mills Hill Railway Station Building. the station was closed when Middleton Junction was Opened

Al Roach
Monday 16th of July 2012 10:50:11 AM
Mills Hill Church

Al Roach
Monday 16th of July 2012 10:41:59 AM
Mills Hill School

Al Roach
Monday 16th of July 2012 10:40:46 AM

User Comment Contributions

This is the point where the canal burst in 1927 and flooded Middleton town centre with the loss of 3 lives. The repair was poorly done since the same area failed just after the canal was reopened in 2002 resulting in a repair that cost a lot of money. This is also the point where the 1793 line was planned to continue northwards in more or less a straight line up the hill. The line with the sharp bend to the west was the original line of 1791 and was in the end the one used.

Frank S
Sunday 3rd of March 2013 03:02:32 PM