Advertisement in the Derby Mercury on Thursday, 13 March 1806
PEAK FOREST CANAL.
Regular and Expeditious
Conveyance of Goods
between Chapel-en-le-Frith and Manchester.
GEORGE BROMLEY hereby informs the Public, that since the completion of the Peak Forest Canal, by the opening of the Locks at Marple, he has established a number of Fly-Boats, by which Goods are regularly conveyed between Chapel-en-le-Frith and Manchester, and all the intermediate places, every day, (Sundays excepted.)
Merchandize from Manchester to Ashton-under-Lyne,
3d. per cwt.
Ditto from Manchester to Hyde-lane, 3½d. per cwt.
Ditto from Manchester to Marple, 4d. Ditto.
All Goods delivered at the Canal Company's Warehouses at Chapel-en-le-Frith and Whaley, for Liverpool, Manchester, Ashton-under-Lyne, Stockport, Oldham, Rochdale, &c. will be regularly forwarded, and delivered fully as expeditious as by any other Conveyance; and on the contrary, Goods arriving by the Canal at Chapel and Whaley, for places at a distance, will be forwarded by the regular Land Carriers, at the usual prices.
Letters addressed to Mr. German Wheatcroft, Chapel-en-le-Frith; Mr. George Bromley, Whaley-Bridge; Mr. James Marsh, at the Ashton Canal Office, Manchester; or Mr. Rowbotham, Canal Office, Marple, will be duly attended to.
February 19, 1806.
Notice in the Manchester Times in 1813
Notice is hereby Given,
That the Company of Proprietors of the Peak Forest Canal are enabled to supply the Public with Limestone of the best quality that can be procured in the county of Derby, and to deliver the same into the boats at Bugsworth at 2s. 6d. per ton.
And that Farmers and others may be supplied with Lime of the first quality for agricultural and other purposes, on the lowest possible terms, by the different Limeburners, who will deliver the same upon all part(s) of the Peak Forest Canal, the Manchester, Ashton-under-Line, and Oldham Canal, the Huddersfield Canal, the Rochdale Canal, and the Bridgewater Canal.
J. & H. WORTHINGTON,
Clerks to the Company.
Report in the Manchester Times on Saturday, 14 December 1878
REDUCTION OF WAGES.
The boatmen in the employment of the Peak Forest Canal Company† and its various branches have received an intimation that at an early date their earnings will be reduced at the rate of 5s. per boat weekly. The lime boats have also been notified of a reduction of 3s. per boat. In the quarries, both at Bugsworth and Doveholes, the pavier getters and the limestone getters have received notice of a reduction of 2d. per ton in their next payment, about Christmas. Already the labourers and other employees have been reduced at the rate of 1s. per week.
†By this time the canal company was owned by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company.
Report in the Derby Mercury on Wednesday, 17 December 1890
BURSTING OF THE PEAK FOREST
Considerable alarm was caused on Sunday afternoon (14 December 1890) in the New Mills district by the bursting of the Peak Forest Canal, belonging to the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company. Most of the way from New Mills to Whaley Bridge the towing path of the canal is on an embankment, which, in some places, is narrow. About ten yards in length of the embankment and towing path gave way at one point near the village of Furness Vale, and the canal, for a length of two miles was speedily drained. The water rushed with tremendous force into the Goyt Valley below, thus causing the river to be greatly swollen. Fortunately no damage was done to house property, there being no buildings near the place where the embankment gave way.