The Micklehurst Loop

Roger Farnworth Jan 31, 2021

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    In the last two weeks of January 2021 my wife and I followed the length of the Micklehurst Loop from Stalybridge to Diggle. We had been looking for new local walks to undertake in the spirit of lockdown. The route proved to be a gem. Each day that we walked we travelled along part of the Loop line and then crossed to the neighbouring Huddersfield Narrow Canal for the return journey. Everything was enhanced by the presence of a number of cafes providing take-away drinks, cakes and some more substantial food. Each day we walked around 5 miles, there and back.

    This is the first of a number of posts covering the Loop line. ................

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2021/01/31/the-micklehurst-loop-part-1
     
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    Interesting history. It's amazing how quickly progress and time erases the past, and how difficult it can be to trace the past. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    How quickly things change. What once was so vital, is suddenly discarded. It disappears from sight, then from memory, as though it never happened. Anything which remains just does not fit any longer. Becoming almost a mystery to those who follow. Sad. :(
     
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    A second addendum to my first post about the Micklehurst Loop.

    Just a few days after I completed addendum 1A about the first length of The Micklehurst Loop and particularly about Staley and Millbrook Station and Goods Yard, I heard from James Ward who recollected some photographs taken by his father of the demolition of the Spring Grove Viaduct.

    He also pointed out a series of photographs on the 'Timepix' website. These are predominantly photographs of the Greater Manchester Revision Point Collection undertaken by/on-behalf-of the Ordnance Survey in the early 1950s and are held by Manchester Libraries. The introduction to the 'Timepix' website makes it clear that all of their watermarked images are free to download and share.

    http://rogerfarnworth.com/2021/02/15/the-micklehurst-loop-part-1b
     
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    I thought the views of that viaduct were interesting. How closely they passed above the buildings. Quite the narrow clearance.
     
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    Yes, tight clearance and careful demolition, I think. Only part of the old mill building remains, seemingly now disused. Tight clearances are not unusual in the UK as railways were often threaded through conurbations. Here the route was determined by the space available on the East side of the Tame Valley. Levels and gradients for the line were determined by the need to meet the mainline further up the valley. The alignment also needed to access the best open spaces for goods yards. In this case, immediately north of the viaduct.
     
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    This last post on the Micklehurst Loop completes the journey to Diggle and takes us to the mouths of the Standedge tunnels and Diggle Station.

    We completed our walk in January but returned in April to take a few pictures at the site of what was once Diggle Station. ....

    https://rogerfarnworth.com/2021/04/16/the-micklehurst-loop-part-4
     
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