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Manchester Ship Canal

Description: Runs from Eastham Locks (some 6 miles up the Mersey from Liverpool) to Woden Street Bridge, Manchester.

History: Promoted by the Manchester Ship Canal Act of 1885. Construction started in November 1887 and the canal was opened on 1 January 1894.

January 1882

Sir Edward Leader Williams

He had his first connection with the project.

January 1885

Promoted by the Manchester Ship Canal Act.

January 1885

Sir Edward Leader Williams

Gave evidence before a parliamentary committee in opposition to the Bridgewater Navigation Company.

January 1887

Construction started in November 1887.

January 1894

The canal was opened on 1 January 1894.

January 1907

History of the Manchester Ship Canal by Sir B T Leech , Published by Sherratt & Hughes - 2 volumes

January 1966

The original access to the Bridgewater canal, via Bridgewater Locks, was closed.

January 1980

The Manchester Ship Canal and the rise of the Port of Manchester 1894-1975 by D A Farnie, Published by Manchester University Press.

January 1994

A Hundred Years of the Manchester Ship Canal by Edward Gray, Published by Aurora Eterprises Ltd - The story of the building and history of the canal published to coincide with its centenary.

January 1994

Manchester Ship Canal Company, Preliminary Prospectus by Richard Dean, Published by M & M Baldwin - copy of the original prospectus, plus commentary by Richard Dean.

January 1997

Manchester Ship Canal by Edward Gray, Published by Sutton Publishing - Historic record of the canal featuring over 200 photographs

January 1998

IWA National Festival at Salford Quays.

 

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