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In 1752 James Brindley the famous canal builder built an inverted syphon under the River Irwell near Clifton in Lancashire. The water was carried under the river and eventually operated a waterwheel-pump to drain water from the appropriately named Wet Earth Colliery. The story is told in AG Banks & RB Schofield Book 'Brindley at Wet Earth Colliery' David and Charles 1968.
A great deal still remained at that time, but now remains are becoming difficult if not impossible to see. The photos shows some of the surface features.

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Keywords:bolton, clifton, coal, coal-mining, coalmining, collieries, drainage, industrial revolution, james brindley, lancashire, matthew fletcher, pendelbury, pumping, ringley, river irwell, rivers, salford, wet earth colliery

HRS 3920 Irwell, Giants Seat looking South c1970s

HRS 3920 Irwell, Giants Seat looking South c1970s

HRS 3937 Irwell, Brindley siphon outwash Ringley side April 1977

HRS 3937 Irwell, Brindley siphon outwash Ringley side April 1977

HRS 3332 Wet Earth, Borrow pit

HRS 3332 Wet Earth, Borrow pit

HRS 3315 Wet Earth, Ringley Sewage Works

HRS 3315 Wet Earth, Ringley Sewage Works

HRS 3314 Wet Earth tunnel on west side of Irwell 2005

HRS 3314 Wet Earth tunnel on west side of Irwell 2005

HRS 3316 Wet Earth pit chimney

HRS 3316 Wet Earth pit chimney

HRS 3318 Wet Earth boat dock 2005

HRS 3318 Wet Earth boat dock 2005

HRS 3317 Wet Earth pumping chamber

HRS 3317 Wet Earth pumping chamber

HRS 3319 Wet Earth, Fletcher's Canal 2005

HRS 3319 Wet Earth, Fletcher's Canal 2005

HRS 3320 Wet Earth Colliery tunnel on river side 2005

HRS 3320 Wet Earth Colliery tunnel on river side 2005

HRS 3321 Wet Earth, Water Turbine outlet pipe 2005

HRS 3321 Wet Earth,  Water Turbine outlet pipe 2005

HRS 3322 Wet Earth, Owd Margits Gardens 2005

HRS 3322 Wet Earth, Owd Margits Gardens 2005

HRS 3323 Wet Earth outfall tunnel 2005

HRS 3323 Wet Earth outfall tunnel 2005

HRS 3324 Wet Earth tunnel 2005

HRS 3324 Wet Earth tunnel 2005

HRS 3325 Wet Earth twin tunnels 2005

HRS 3325 Wet Earth twin tunnels 2005

HRS 3326 Wet Earth Twin tunnels

HRS 3326 Wet Earth Twin tunnels

HRS 3327 Wet Earth, Red Bank loop Irwell valley fault scarp

HRS 3327 Wet Earth, Red Bank loop Irwell valley fault scarp

HRS 3328 Wet Earth, Red Bank Irwell Valley fault scarp

HRS 3328 Wet Earth, Red Bank Irwell Valley fault scarp

HRS 3329 Irwell valley fault scarp close up 2005

HRS 3329 Irwell valley fault scarp close up 2005

HRS 3330 Wet Earth Fletchers canal, upcast tunnel

HRS 3330 Wet Earth Fletchers canal, upcast tunnel