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Bugsworth Canal Basin, at the head of the Peak Forest Canal, was once the largest and busiest inland port on Britain's narrow canal system and is the only one to survive intact. Famous engineer, Benjamin Outram, built the 14 mile long canal from Dukinfield to Bugsworth. Construction of the 6 mile Peak Forest tramway in 1795 linked Bugsworth Basin to the limestone and gritstone quarries in Derbyshire, and the canal linked Bugsworth to Manchester and the trans-Pennine canal network. With this network in place, Bugsworth thrived commercially. However, as early as 1804, experiments using steam locomotives to haul iron were underway in Wales. The ensuing advancement in railway technology would lead to the decline and ultimate demise of the canal system.

The Wharfinger's House was built around 1800. The wharfinger was required to check tonnage passing through the gauging lock on the canal, in order to collect the tolls from the canal boats. You'll notice that the canal is very narrow at this point, allowing only one boat through at any time. This is the only entrance for boats to gain access to the basin.

Starting in 1968, volunteers of the Inland Waterways Protection Society restored the canal and the basins, culminating in the re-opening to navigation in 2005. Now that the rectoration of navigation has been achieved, improvements and development continues under the new organisation name: The Bugsworth Basin Heritage Trust.

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