Before and after restoration

The following pages feature two collections of photos of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal. The first series, of the unnavigable canal, was taken in October 1974, just after the formation of the Huddersfield Canal Society. The others are from May 2001, taken in the week the canal was officially reopened to navigation.

These are not intended to be a comprehensive study of the canal, nor to explain its history. If you want more in-depth information you can do no better than visit the Pennine Waterways website: a labour of love which will tell you nearly everything you need to know about the waterways in the region. The Huddersfield Canal Society website is also worth a visit

This website was planned some years ago but, for various reasons, was put on hold. Its revival was prompted by the publication on the Pennine Waterways website of some archive pictures of the Rochdale Canal. The idea of using the mouse to switch between views from different years has been "borrowed" from that site.

Photo captions have been written mostly from memory so may well contain errors. Some of the locations have been checked against scribbled notes, but not all. Do let me know of any corrections or other comments. My email address is


Producing this site has prompted me to continue with the mammoth task of digitising more of my photo collection, so look out for future additions. I plan to fill in some of the gaps in the Huddersfield Narrow coverage and also to add other subjects

Update 29.01.12 Picture 22 was of two different locations. 2001 view changed and caption updated.

Chris Griffiths
January 2012