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There are some traces of cuttings and disturbed ground at the canal terminal. You can easily see the raised bank as you walk along the tow path, and the stone work on the canal path is still intact. A stream now runs out through the middle of the bank, presumably from the line of the tramway.

Raised Banking at Site of East Staithe.

The staithe is lined with dressed stone and at a higher level than the remainder of towpath.

The tramroad would have run up to the quarry from this point.

Possible route of east Tramroad leading to Quarry.

At the top right hand corner is the spoil heap which still remains, Cunliffe Quarry is to the left of this, just out of shot. You can now see why I assume that the tramroad followed the line of the stream, curving round as it does toward the spoil heap. In the top right hand corner you can make out the trees known as Top O’ th Heights, which run above Close Brow.

Below is a picture of the spoil heap.

East Spoil heap at Cunliffe Quarry site.

Below is the view from the main road in Rishton (Blackburn Road) over looking the Reservoir.

The spoil heap is visible in the distance on the hill.

View of eastern spoil from Cutt Wood Park, Blackburn Road.

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Industrial Rishton by Kathleen Broderick