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The Bridgewater Canal was what might be called Britain's first major industrial canal running from the Duke of Bridgewater's coalmines at Worsley to outskirts of Manchester. (1761) The genius of James Brindley the canal engineer included the construction of an aqueduct over the Mersey and Irwell Navigation. In later years this was demolsihed to make way for the Manchester Ship Canal. The aqueduct being replaced by a swnging aqueduct. The canal system was soon extended to Castlefield in Manchester and on into Cheshire and South Lancashire.
Although we have created a separate gallery for the Manchester Ship Canal, they are in fact inextricably linked. KH

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HRS 3747 Barton Aqueduct over the Irwell

HRS 3747 Barton Aqueduct over the Irwell

HRS 3748 Bridgewater Canal, Worsley Courthouse area c1980

HRS 3748 Bridgewater Canal, Worsley Courthouse area c1980

HRS 3748b Bridgewater Canal, Worsley Courthouse 1972

HRS 3748b Bridgewater Canal, Worsley Courthouse  1972

HRS 3749 Barton swing aqueduct with boat

HRS 3749 Barton swing aqueduct with boat

HRS 3750 Bridgewater Canal, Trafford Power Station c1972

HRS 3750 Bridgewater Canal, Trafford Power Station c1972

HRS 3751 Bridgewater Canal, Castlefield Basin bridges 1980

HRS 3751 Bridgewater Canal, Castlefield Basin bridges 1980

HRS 3752 Bridgewater Canal at Castlefield 1980

HRS 3752 Bridgewater Canal at Castlefield 1980

HRS 3753 Bridgewater Canal Castlefield 1980 towards Rochdale canal lock

HRS 3753 Bridgewater Canal Castlefield 1980 towards Rochdale canal lock

HRS 3754 Bridgewater Canal, Castlefield area 1980

HRS 3754 Bridgewater Canal, Castlefield area 1980

HRS 3755 Bridgewater Canal, Castlefield area 1980

HRS 3755 Bridgewater Canal, Castlefield area 1980

HRS 3756 Bridgewater Canal, maize boat near Trafford Pk 1967

HRS 3756 Bridgewater Canal, maize boat near Trafford Pk 1967

HRS 3757 Bridgewater Canal, near Patricroft 1972

HRS 3757 Bridgewater Canal, near Patricroft 1972

HRS 3758 Bridgewater Canal near Patricroft and motorway 1972

HRS 3758 Bridgewater Canal near Patricroft and motorway 1972

HRS 3759 Bridgewater Canal, open maize near Trafford Pk 1967

HRS 3759 Bridgewater Canal,  open maize near Trafford Pk 1967

HRS 3760 Bridgewater Canal, 'starvationer' boat

HRS 3760 Bridgewater Canal, 'starvationer' boat

HRS 3761 Bridgewater Canal, Trafford Power station 1967

HRS 3761 Bridgewater Canal, Trafford Power station 1967

HRS 3762 Bridgewater Canal Worsley Courthouse 1970s

HRS 3762 Bridgewater Canal Worsley Courthouse 1970s

HRS 3763 Bridgewater Canal, airplane near Old Trafford c1971

HRS 3763 Bridgewater Canal, airplane near Old Trafford c1971

HRS 3764 Bridgewater Canal, approaching Barton swing Aqueduct 1970s

HRS 3764 Bridgewater Canal, approaching Barton swing Aqueduct 1970s

HRS 3765 Bridgewater Canal, Barton swing aqueduct c1971

HRS 3765 Bridgewater Canal, Barton swing aqueduct c1971