Canals

Some Canal Bridges

Some Canal Bridges

Almost every time we go out and about in our cars, we see evidence of the construction of the new bridge across the Mersey. What a grand structure it is going to be and I make no secret of the fact that I am fascinated by it! Four of our bridges are...
The Bridgewater Canal

The Bridgewater Canal

The Bridgewater Canal is 34 miles long, connecting Runcorn, Manchester and Leigh. The first section was commissioned by Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, to transport coal from his mines in Worsley to Manchester. It was opened in 1761 from...
The Manchester Ship Canal

The Manchester Ship Canal

The Manchester Ship Canal is a 36-mile-long (58 km) inland waterway linking Manchester to the Irish Sea. Starting at the Mersey Estuary near Liverpool, it generally follows the original routes of the river Mersey then the river Irwell through the h...
The Mersey and Irwell Navigation

The Mersey and Irwell Navigation

The Mersey and Irwell Navigation was a river navigation which provided a navigable route from the Mersey estuary to Salford and Manchester, by improving the course of the River Irwell and the River Mersey. Eight locks were constructed between 1724...
The Runcorn and Latchford Canal

The Runcorn and Latchford Canal

The Runcorn and Latchford Canal (also known as the Old Quay Canal or locally as "Old Quay Cut" or "Black Bear Canal") ran from Runcorn, Cheshire to Latchford, Lancashire. It connected the Mersey and Irwell Navigation to the River Mersey at Runcorn. The...
The Trent and Mersey Canal

The Trent and Mersey Canal

The Trent and Mersey Canal is 93.5-mile long, it is a "narrow canal" for a part of its length, but to the east of Burton upon Trent and west of Middlewich, it is a wide canal. As its name implies, the Trent and Mersey canal was built to link the ...
Travelling by boat - early buses on water

Travelling by boat - early buses on water

  For a closer look at a packet boat, take a look at Cheryl Harness's painting from her book (New York : Macmillan Books for Young Readers, c1995): An early account of a journey on the Steamer 'The Duke of Bridgewater' from Liverpool up the River...