Peak Forest Canal

Overflow at Lock 6 Pound in 1904,
Marple Locks

These two letters were written at the Marple Section Office on Wednesday, 14 December 1904 and they describe how damage to Lock 9 caused the canal to overflow at the pound of Lock 6. The water flowed over the towpath, which was low at this point, into Willow Pond on the other side of the towpath and then onto the driveway of Brabyns Hall, causing a little damage. A sketch was also provided to show where the overflow occurred.

Sketch of the Overflow at Lock 6 Pound.

When Marple Locks were built, Willow Pond was part of the pound of Lock 6. Subsequently, the towpath was diverted across the pound to reduce its size and the isolated part of the original pound became known as Willow Pond. When this work was done the towpath was not built high enough and this was the reason why the pound overflowed at this point. Had it been built to the correct height then the flood water would have flowed safely away down the bywash of Lock 6 and into the pound of Lock 5.

In their time, both George Lucas and Raymond Potts Bagshawe were Canal Inspectors based at the Marple Section Office but in 1904 it seems that Mr Bagshawe was reporting to Mr Lucas. Mr Lucas lived at Top Lock, Marple, and Mr Bagshawe lived on Chadwick Street, Marple, which is off Church Lane and quite close to Marple Locks.