Waterways in Manchester and Salford

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Manchester Ship Canal - history and virtual cruise

Archive Photos - Manchester Ship Canal
More archive photos added

River Irwell Navigation - virtual cruise

Salford Quays - photo tour

Castlefield - photo tour

Manchester and Salford Junction Canal

The "Rochdale Nine" Locks in Manchester

Barton Swing Aqueduct

Bridgewater Canal

Archive Photos - Bridgewater Canal

Also on Pennine Waterways:

The Rochdale Canal

The Ashton Canal

The Peak Forest Canal

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal

The Sankey or St Helens Canal

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal

The Macclesfield Canal

See the full list of canals covered by this site

Rochdale Canal in Manchester

Canals were at the heart of the development of industrial Manchester. They enabled coal and raw materials to be carried right to the heart of the city and finished goods to be transported away easily.

The Bridgewater Canal, one of the earliest modern canals, ran into Manchester. Later, other canals radiated outwards from the area and the Ship Canal brought sea-going vessels close to the city centre.

The waterways of the area are now chiefly used for recreation and leisure. Canals which had once been disused and neglected are being restored. The waterways of Manchester and Salford are playing a vital part in the regeneration of the area.

The historic Castlefield area now offers extensive and attractive moorings for visitors, within easy reach of the city's facilities.

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These related books are available from amazon.co.uk - follow links for details:

Waterways into Castlefield

by John C Fletcher

Walk around Castlefield

by D Brumhead & T White

History and Operation of Barton Swing Aqueduct

by John C Fletcher

The Duke's Cut: the Bridgewater Canal

by Cyril J. Wood

Pearson's Canal Companion: The Cheshire Ring 

by Michael Pearson
Ashton, Peak Forest, Macclesfield, Trent & Mersey and Bridgewater canals and Rochdale Nine. Colour photos and diagrams. Clear descriptions.

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