Lock 1 on Manchester and Salford Junction Canal – Manchester, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 28.740 W 002° 15.432
30U E 549296 N 5925814
Quick Description: This lock is on an extremely short stretch of what is mostly a redundant canal and no longer serves any useful purpose.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 3/16/2013 5:21:49 PM
Waymark Code: WMGKJP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
Views: 1

Long Description:
In 1761 The Bridgewater Canal had been built to connect coal mines at Worsley with the centre of Manchester. This is regarded as the event that started the industrial revolution because within a year the price of coal had halved, making steam power a cheap enough option for powering factories and mills.

It also inspired a number of other canals to be built all over the UK but a few were centered around Manchester.

The Rochdale Canal had joined onto the Bridgewater Canal in 1799 from the East of Manchester. A canal from Bury had reached Salford to the North of Manchester by 1797, but goods between the Bury Canal and the Rochdale canal had to be moved on to carts and moved by road.

The Manchester and Salford canal was built between the Rochdale Canal and the River Irwell allowing a connection to the Bury Canal in 1839. It was only 1 km long, had 4 locks and had a 456 metre tunnel underneath the city centre.

The canal was never very successful, partly because by then there was competition from railways and it closed in 1922.

There are now only 2 very short stretches at each end of the canal that have water in them.

This lock is at the northern end of the canal and is where the canal joins the River Irwell.

It does not have any useful purpose because it is blocked off immediately after the lock, but it was re-instated as a water feature when the Marriot Canal was built in what was largely a derelict area of Manchester.
Waterway Name: Manchester and Salford Junction Canal

Connected Points:
Links the River Irwell on the Manchester / Salford border with the Rochdale Canal in Manchester city centre.

Type: Lock

Date Opened: 1/1/1839

Date Closed (if applicable): 1/1/1922

Elevation Difference (meters): .00

Site Status: Inactive

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