25 September 2011

Snakes & Loaders, Macclesfield

The Macclesfield is one of the six canals that form the Cheshire Ring; and runs for 26 miles between Hall Green at its southern end and Marple Junction at its northern. One of the last narrow canals constructed, it took just five years to build, commencing in 1826, under the engineering leadership of Thomas Telford. It's famous for its roving (or 'snake') bridges, over which the draft horses passed from one towpath to another. In an adjoining field was this suite of vintage tractors: from left, a David Brown, a Fordson, and a Ferguson.

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