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 but they are not identified as being lock-keeper’s houses. The Schedule records that 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 surviving stone footings are still visible in the ground by the lock. These are approximately 27 feet long by 9 feet wide but photographic evidence suggests that the building was wider than this. Possibly the footings for the rear wall were placed down the embankment and these are now lost.

Lock 3 seen from lock 4 with the lock keeper's house to the right of lock 3, 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