Peak Forest Canal

Lock 3, Marple Locks

Referring to the Tithe Map below, the small building beside lock 3 of Marple Locks is the only building on the flight that is identified on the accompanying Tithe Schedule (Apportionment) as actually being a lock keeper's house. The lock keeper's houses at locks 1, 6, and 9 are all shown on the Map and listed in the Schedule but they are not identified as such. The Owner is the Peak Forest Canal Company and the Occupier is the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company.

It is not known when the building was demolished but the stone footings are still visible in the ground by the lock. It was roughly 27 feet long by 9 feet wide and even by the standards of the time this is quite small to be considered as a dwelling. Maybe it was simply used by lock keepers for the storage of equipment and spare parts required in the course of their work?

Lock 3 seen from lock 4 with the lock keeper's house to the right of the lock, early 20th century.

Footings of the lock keeper's house adjoining lock 3, 2 March 2008.

The Tithe Schedule shows that the Owner of the land on which the house stood (Plot 184) was the Peak Forest Canal Company while the Occupier was the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company.

Lock 3, Marple Locks
Peak Forest Canal

Grid Ref: SJ 960 898
Tithe Map: 1850, Ref: EDT 262/2
Courtesy: Cheshire Archives & Local Studies