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Hidden Secrets #1 - Salford Junction Canal

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Hidden Secrets #1 - Salford Junction Canal

22 Jun 2020 10:14AM   Views : 399 Unique : 289

There are some things that we find out about, or indeed that we pass every day, and they tug at us and torment us because we want to know where they really are, or perhaps what lies behind the mysterious wall or door. It's human nature to want to know and to open that door and peek inside. My son Mike knows what to do with mysterious places, it's a sign marked "Private", which means "This way, Mike" but those of us not so bold might want to do a bit of research first.

When Sue and I were tracing all the old disused canals we found a fascinating book all about the little known Manchester and Saford Junction canal. This connects the Rochdale canal in Manchester with the Mersey and Irwell navigation, running perhaps for just a mile or so, underneath central Manchester. Rumours abounded that sections still existed, including part of the tunnel under Granada Studios, then on Quay Street. Then one of our camera club members started working for a small company that did tours of interesting parts of Manchester, including Underground Manchester, which explored what was accessible of the old canal. Woot! We booked ADAPS in for a tour and finally, after years of wondering what lay under the city there we were exploring it.

Suffice it to say it did not disapoint. It was clear from wall markings that the tunnels had been used during WWII as air raid shelters and they were mostly dry, although one section was slightly in water. Oh what a night! Let me share with you some of the pictures of our Subterranean Adventure. I'm not sure if the tours still run, but if they do it's an exciting trip into another world.

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