Local Canals & Locks

This SideTrack looks at some local and general aspects of local Canals, Locks, and Canal Bridges

Local canals, locks & bridges

Aire & Calder Navigation
Albert Wood Lock, Sowerby Bridge
Alma Road Canal Bridge, Walsden
Anchor Bridge, Brighouse
Anchor Pit Flood Gates, Brighouse

Birks Hall Bridge, Walsden
Birks Mills Lock, Walsden
Black Pit Bridge, Hebden Bridge
Black Pit Lock, Hebden Bridge
Bottomley Lock, Todmorden
Brearley Bridge, Luddendenfoot
Brearley Lower Lock, Luddendenfoot
Brearley Upper Bridge, Mytholmroyd
Brearley Upper Lock, Sowerby Bridge
Bridge at North Cut, Brighouse
Brighouse canal basin
Brighouse Lower Lock
Brighouse Upper Lock
Broadbottom Bridge, Hebden Bridge
Broadbottom Lock, Hebden Bridge
Brookfoot Lock, Brighouse
Brookfoot Wharf, Brighouse
Brooksmouth Lock
Burnt Acres Bridge, Todmorden

Calder & Hebble Navigation
Callis Canal Bridge, Hebden Bridge
Callis Lock, Hebden Bridge
Changeline Bridge, Todmorden
Cooper House Bridge, Luddendenfoot
Copperas House Bridge, Todmorden
Cromwell Lock, Brighouse
Crow Nest Bridge, Hebden Bridge
Crowther Bridge, Elland

Deanroyd Bridge, Walsden
Dobroyd Road Bridge, Todmorden

Edward Kilner Lock, Brearley
Elland Canal Basin
Elland Lock
Elland Wharf
Ellen Holme Bridge, Luddendenfoot
Ellen Royd Bridge, Luddendenfoot

Falling Royd Bridge, Hebden Bridge
Fallingroyd Bridge, Hebden Bridge
Freeman's Bridge, Brighouse
Freeman's Cut

Ganny Lock, Brighouse
Gauxholme High Lock
Gauxholme Low Lock
Gauxholme Middle Lock

Halifax Road Bridge, Luddendenfoot
Hawks Clough Bridge, Hebden Bridge
Hebden Bridge Wharf
High Royd Bridge, Luddendenfoot
Hollins Lock, Todmorden
Holmcoat Bridge, Todmorden
Holmcoat Lock, Hebden Bridge

Kilnhurst Bridge, Todmorden
Kirkham Turn, Sowerby Bridge
Kirklees Low Lock
Kirklees Top Lock

Lanebottom Bridge, Walsden
Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Library Lock, Todmorden
Lightbank Bridge, Walsden
Lightbank Lock, Walsden
Lob Mill Lock, Todmorden

Lobb Mill Bridge, Todmorden
Long Lee Lock, Elland
Longbottom Bridge, Luddendenfoot
Longlees Lock, Todmorden
Luddendenfoot Bridge

Mayroyd Bridge, Hebden Bridge
Mayroyd Mill Lock, Sowerby Bridge
Mearclough Bridge
Moderna Way Bridge, Mytholmroyd

Neptune Bridge, Hebden Bridge
Nip Square Lock, Walsden
North Cut, Brighouse

Old Royd Lock, Todmorden

Park Nook Lock, Exley
Pike House Lock, Todmorden
Pinnel Lock, Walsden
Princess Bridge, Hebden Bridge
Punchbowl Lock, Todmorden

Rawden Mill Lock, Hebden Bridge
Redacre Bridge, Mytholmroyd
The Rochdale Canal

Salt Warehouse, Sowerby Bridge
Salterhebble Bottom Lock
The Salterhebble branch
Salterhebble canal basin
Salterhebble Middle Lock
Salterhebble Top Lock
Sands Lock, Todmorden
Shade Lock, Todmorden
Shaw Wood Bridge, Todmorden
Shawplains Lock, Hebden Bridge
Shop Lock, Todmorden
Sladen Lock, Todmorden
Smithyholme Lock, Todmorden
Sowerby Bridge canal basin
Sowerby Bridge Lock #1
Sowerby Bridge Lock #2
Sowerby Long Bridge
Stack Hills Bridge, Todmorden
Station Road Bridge, Hebden Bridge
Station Road Bridge, Luddendenfoot
Stone House Bridge, Todmorden
Stoney Spring Bridge
Stoodley Bridge, Todmorden
Strangstry Bridge, Elland
Stubbing Brink Bridge, Hebden Bridge
Stubbing Lower Lock, Hebden Bridge
Stubbing Upper Lock, Hebden Bridge

Tag Cut, Elland
Thickone Lock, Todmorden
Todmorden Lock #19
Tower Hill Bridge, Sowerby Bridge
Travis Mill Lock, Walsden
Tuel Lane Lock, Sowerby Bridge

Wadsworth Mill Lock, Todmorden
Warland Bridge, Walsden
Warland Gate Bridge, Walsden
Warland Lower Lock, Todmorden
Warland Upper Lock, Todmorden
West Summit Lock, Todmorden
Wet Dock, Sowerby Bridge
White Lee Bridge, Mytholmroyd
Winterbutlee Lock, Todmorden
Woodhouse Bridge, Copley
Woodhouse Mill Bridge, Langfield
Woodside Mills Lock, Elland

Most of the locks & bridges are listed

Other entries relating to canals

Balance beam
Box boat
Bridgewater canal
Buckby can
Butty boat

Calder keel
Canal basin
Canal interpretation centre
Clegg Brothers

Dumb boat
William Dutton

Flash lock
Flood lock
Fly boat

Guillotine lock

Hebden Bridge
Horse marine
Humber keel


Jessop & Crossley

Long boat
John Longbotham

Mersey flat
Richard Milnes
Monkey boat

Narrow boat
Number one

Pound lock
Puddle clay

Roses & castles

Sowerby Bridge weigh-house
Staircase lock
Summit level
Swan's neck

Thornhill Power Station
Tom Pudding barge
Turk's Head

Yorkshire Narrowboat


Cuts were constructed to make the rivers navigable in the 17th century.

In 1565, a cut was made linking Exeter and Topsham.

The first Canal Act was passed in 1759, and James Brindley designed the Worsley-Manchester canal – aka the Bridgewater Canal – the first dead-water canal, for the Duke of Bridgewater. This canal opened in 1761 and led to the construction of a national network of inland waterways for transport and industrial supplies.

The Duke of Bridgewater was the first – and last – person to pay for a private canal. After that, companies of land-owners, manufacturers and miners were formed to finance the waterways. By 1830, 4,000 miles of canals connected Britain's industrial districts.

The most important of these were:

Many reservoirs were built to maintain the canals.

There were 2 types of canal: those for narrow boats were up to 7 ft in width, and the broad canals were up to 14 ft wide and could accommodate barges.

The canals quickly replaced the packhorse trade; a single boat could carry the equivalent of 600 packhorses

© Malcolm Bull 2022
Revised 00:52 / 27th October 2022 / 15763

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