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Mine entrance

By M_squared
Point of entry of the Bridgewater Canal into the old mine.
Worsley, Salford.

The Bridgewater Canal (1761) was arguably the first inland waterway win Britain to be cut from scratch. Others before it had been created by linking and improving existing natural waterways. Some have argued that the Sankey Canal (St Helens to the Mersey) holds the title of first place because was opened 3 years before the Bridgewater. However, the Parliamentary approval records show it as "making navigable the river or brook called Sankey Brook". Although there were some existing brooks near the route of the Bridgewater it was cut from scratch directly from within the mine at Worsley to the centre of Manchester. It ran at one level all the way and crossed the River Irwell on an aqueduct. When the Irwell itself was canalised in the creation of the Manchester Ship Canal, the aqueduct was replaced by the Barton Swing Aqueduct. This is still in use today.

There are 46 miles of canal within the mine on 4 levels linked by inclined planes. Coal production ceased in 1887.


Tags: Canal General History Mining Salford Bridgewater canal Worsley


Comments


1 Aug 2020 10:31AM
Lead for me Malcolm, it's an excellent composition,
Fred.
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2020 10:48AM
Love the lead, good image and overall interesting content.
Isabel GrinGrin
1 Aug 2020 10:51AM
Interesting and very well photographed, Malcolm.SmileSmile
jacomes Plus
6 30 43 Portugal
1 Aug 2020 10:56AM
Lead for me too, I like the composition and content of the photo, especially the sculpture on the left - a false reflection. Are they sunken barges in the foreground providing a nice lead-in to the mine entrance. The version does make one want to go in and explore the mine.
The mine was some feat of engineering, is it open for visits or subject to elfensafety?
johnsd Plus
15 4 2 Scotland
1 Aug 2020 11:59AM
Two lovely shots Malcolm of a very interesting place.
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
1 Aug 2020 12:34PM
Ineteresting history , great shots Malcolm
Ian
1 Aug 2020 1:03PM
Two great images
James_C 12 38 57 United Kingdom
1 Aug 2020 1:06PM
SmileSmileSmile
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
1 Aug 2020 2:25PM
Two very good images.
The lead for me - two fine images Malcolm

Vince
davyskid 4 2 Scotland
1 Aug 2020 8:27PM
Lead for me Malcolm very interesting write up SmileSmile
Davy
1 Aug 2020 9:22PM
An interesting pair of images of this canal and mine entrance.
1 Aug 2020 10:17PM
Superb shot 😎
johnke Plus
8 231 17 England
2 Aug 2020 5:49AM
A well portrayed pair of images Malcolm. Your information was outstanding and I enjoyed it very much...John

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