It was commissioned by Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, to transport coal from his mines in Worsley to Manchester. Worsley and other parts. He changed his name to Lord Francis Egerton in accordance with carry the Bridgewater Canal over the Ship Canal, as famous today as its His initial plan was to make the terminus at Hempstones, east of Runcorn Gap, but following a study of the tides and depth of water there, he decided instead to build the terminus west of Runcorn Gap. [66] The late 1830s and early 1840s had seen increased competition between the Bridgewater Canal on the one hand, and other canal companies and the railways on the other. [63] However, later in the year Lord Stafford, possibly persuaded to do so by William Huskisson, invested £100,000 (one-fifth of the required capital), in the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. [59] Bradshaw's administration saw increased deterioration of the fabric of the canal, the locks, docks and warehouses. to find money to develop the coal mines and to build modern coke ovens - breach. under the Manchester Ship Canal Act the Manchester Ship Canal Company paid the [56] Until his retirement in 1834, the administration was carried out entirely by Bradshaw. The Duke's Bill, which received Royal Assent on 23rd March [37] In 1810 there was a general agreement with the Mersey and Irwell Navigation Company (M&IN) to simultaneously raise freight charges. They did not cope well with increasing volumes of cargo, and they were perceived as monopolistic, and the preserve of the landed gentry class. [47], Worsley Delph, in Worsley, originally a centuries-old sandstone quarry near Worsley Brook, was the entrance to the Navigable Levels. [69], Matters came to a head in 1833, the year in which the canal made its lowest profit since the death of the Duke. Local authorities entered into the trust deed on the 5th However any cooperation between the two companies was short-lived and by 1812 the Mersey and Irwell had reduced their charges. - Observer[88], Between 1849 and 1851 the competition between the Trustees and the railway companies intensified. This had caused water levels [117] Pleasure craft have been allowed on the canal since 1952. 32nd George II. The Bridgewater Canal Company regularly meets with the Bridgewater Canal Trust which was formed in 1975. Railway’s Bill in 1825 was opposed to by the Trustees, but this was withdrawn Manchester Collieries which was nationalised in 1948. Affectionately known as the “Dukes Cut” the Bridgewater [104] Agreements were made with the railway companies to cooperate on the transit of goods and the rates of carriage[105] and "the Trustees' fortunes entered a calmer phase". The mines ceased production in 1887. from Runcorn, the Trent and Mersey Canal was under construction. The great age of canal building started with the construction of the Bridgewater Canal. [7] The duke and his estate manager John Gilbert[8] produced a plan of the canal, and in 1759 obtained an Act of Parliament, enabling its construction. We hope ere long to record the general operation of the system; though it will require a little time, perhaps, as it must have a beginning. [29][30][31], The connection to Manchester was delayed by Sir Richard Brooke of Norton Priory. Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, owned some of the coal mines dug to supply North West England with fuel for the steam engines instrumental in powering England's Industrial Revolution. joining Trafford Park to Streford and Manchester. [28] The river's tidal action tended to deposit silt around the lower entrance to the locks, so to counteract this a channel, equipped with gates at each end and known as the Duke's Gut, was cut through the marshes upriver from the locks. [33] The new extension also met with opposition from the Mersey and Irwell Navigation, until the duke purchased a controlling interest in the company. Duke’s third Act to make this possible was passed in March 1762. It was opened in 1761 from Worsley to Manchester, and later extended from Manchester to Runcorn, and then from Worsley to Leigh. Canal commercial traffic was in terminal decline after the 1950's and in the 1960's the two lines of locks which once ran down to the Mersey were filled in. The Bridgewater Canal was built wide and deep, don't be surprised if you find you can boat much faster than on other canals! inscribed on the lasting memorial to him, facing Ashridge, the ancestral home The Bridgewater Canal is sometimes described as England's first canal. [22] The first part of the new extension was opened in 1767,[34] and completed in full by March 1776,[28] but Brindley did not live to see its completion; it was continued by his brother-in-law, Hugh Henshall. [54] These were Sir Archibald Macdonald, who was Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, Edward Venables-Vernon-Harcourt, at the time the Bishop of Carlisle and later the Archbishop of York, and, as Superintendent, Robert Haldane Bradshaw, the Duke's agent. He was then aged 29, and had been educated at Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford; he had been destined for a political life and had no experience of managing coal mines or canals. Large crowds had gathered to cheer the royal party, which apparently frightened the horses drawing the barge so much that they fell into the canal. This would create a new ring route for leisure boats involving the Trent and Mersey Canal, the Anderton Boat Lift and the River Weaver.[113]. They lifted their small lightweight boats out of the M&IN at Runcorn, and carried them a short distance up the steep streets onto the Bridgewater Canal. The railways competed with the canals in three ways; by building, or threatening to build, new lines which would be in direct competition with the canals; by amalgamation into giant companies (such as the Midland and the London and North Western companies), which gave them more political power; and by taking over ownership of canal companies. Fereday Smith was appointed as Deputy Superintendent in March 1837 on a salary of £600 a year, half of the salary which had been offered to his father. In the 1940s and '50s coal was sent to Barton Power Station and Runcorn Gas Works. In the light of the possible [34] The work was not done, the Act lapsed and this section of canal was never built. This was passed in Charges were made against him of dishonesty and of nepotism. [1] The warehouses were of timber-frame design, with load-bearing hand-made brick walls, supported on cast iron posts. It is now a Scheduled Monument. If you prefer us not to set these cookies, please visit our Cookie Settings page or continue browsing our site to accept them. [70] The events that followed were "stage-managed by Loch". In 1765, the Duke progressed his fourth Bill for a Branch The Act included several stipulations: the canal should not come within 325 metres (1,066 ft) of his house; the towpath should be on the south side of the canal, furthest away from Brooke's house; there should be no quays, buildings, hedges or fences to obstruct the view; no vessels were to be moored within 1,000 metres (3,281 ft) of the house, other than during construction. This would provide a through In the 1920’s, Bridgewater Collieries were sold to share of the cost of maintaining the Canal. was eventually at least £2million in debt. [85] During this time the Trustees and their representatives were engaged in vigorous campaigns in Parliament to protect their interests.[86]. Facts about Bridgewater Canal 2: the first opening The Bridgewater Canal was opened for the first time in 1761. However, following discussions with Cheshire County Council working life. [11][12] Brindley moved into Worsley Old Hall and spent 46 days surveying the proposed route, which to cross the Irwell would require the construction of an aqueduct at Barton-upon-Irwell. As the century passed the canal Trustees were hard pressed [65] The additional line of locks cost £35,000[66] and was used for traffic heading to Manchester, while the old line was used for traffic passing down to the Mersey. 1759, proposed two separate cuts from Worsley keeping north of the River activities began to yield marked results that he was able to benefit from the these aspects. him on to develop this means of transport to serve his collieries in [51] Boating men also used the canal. Astley Green Colliery began winding coal on the north bank of the canal in 1912. The vessel, a flat named the Express, was wholly laden with a valuable cargo of wines and spirits, in all about 40 tons weight, belonging to Mr. William Gibb, spirit merchant, of this town, whose active and long-continued exertions in the struggle to obtain the privilege of bonding for this great and important borough are about to be acknowledged in the form of a substantial mark of respect and gratitude by his fellow-townsmen. The journey down river by the latter route took eight hours (nine hours in the up direction) while the journey on the Bridgewater canal took nine hours each way. [110], In 1923 Bridgewater Estates Ltd was formed to acquire the Ellesmere family estate in Worsley. There was confusion about what the terms ‘navigation’ and ‘canal’ actually meant. Under a Transport and Works Order, the statutory powers in connection with the operation of the Bridgewater Canal were transferred from the Manchester Ship Canal Company to the Bridgewater Canal Company Limited. fruits of his labour. waterways which had evolved from the beginnings of the Bridgewater Canal. to safeguard their interests. Algernon Fulke Egerton, Lord Ellesmere's third son. [71] He reported to Francis Egerton that Bradshaw was no longer fit to be Superintendent, and then persuaded Bradshaw to retire on his full salary. In 1845 the competitive Mersey and Irwell Navigation was [6][10][b], Brindley's planned route began at Worsley and passed southeast through Eccles, before turning south to cross the River Irwell on the Barton Aqueduct. Named after its owner, Francis Egerton the third Duke of [73] Loch immediately undertook a reorganisation of the administration and efficiency of the business,[74] restored the agreement with the Old Quay Company to raise freight charges, and improved the facilities for passengers, including the introduction of "swift boats". Bridgewater Navigation Company Ltd was formed and this company purchased the At the end of 1761, the Canal was completed through to became a wholly owned subsidiary of The Peel Group. the canal at Dunham Massey. and he had to borrow money to pay his workmen. Canals and their history have also been a source of growing fascination among the media and the Bridgewater Canal will have its moment to shine when it will be featured in Channel 4’s Great Canal Journeys. [58] In 1805 he was approached by the proprietors of the nearby Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal to resolve a dispute with a Salford landowner, but his response was delayed. - Manchester Guardian[87]. The Bridgewater Canal represents the first entirely artificial canal in Britain, constructed by the engineer James Brindley and mainly financed by Francis Egerton, Duke of Bridgewater (1736-1803), to haul coal from his mines to the growing industrial city of Manchester. [91], On 28 June 1855 James Loch, the Superintendent, died and was succeeded by Hon. The Bridgewater Canal is surrounded by a beautiful environment rich with flora and fauna. However this was perceived as poaching and it led to such controversy that Smith declined the offer and recommended his son, George Samuel Fereday Smith for the post. An Act to enable the most noble Francis Duke of Bridgewater, to make a navigable cut or canal from Longford Bridge, in the township of Stretford, in the county palatine of Lancaster, to the River Mersey, at a place called the Hempstones, in the township of Halton, in the county of Chester. In 2004 ownership of the Manchester Ship Canal Company was transferred to the Peel Ports group. branch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. From Worsley to Manchester its construction cost £168,000 (equivalent to £26,080,180 in 2019),[15][16] but its advantages over land and river transport meant that within a year of its opening in 1761, the price of coal in Manchester fell by about half. traders of Manchester and Salford on the Duke’s promise to reduce the delivered The need for an embankment and aqueduct over the Mersey at The exposed sandstone cliffs seen at Castle Quay were cut back for coal to be heaped alongside the canal. Robert Bradshaw was appointed manager. the canal and Barton Swing Bridge Built. following an existing watercourse, and so became a model for those that [107][108] The canal was sold again in 1885, when the Manchester Ship Canal Company paid the Bridgewater Navigation Company £1,710,000 for all their property. and lime kiln were also built and boating was extended when the Rochdale Canal [14], The duke invested a large sum of money in the scheme. The Bridgewater Canal was never linked to the River Irwell as originally planned, but by-passed it, taking the coal from the tunnels driven deep into the Duke’s mines at Worsley, directly into Manchester. It once connected with the River Mersey at Runcorn but has since been cut off by a slip road to the Silver Jubilee Bridge. [52], Barges on the canal continued to be towed by horses until the middle of the 19th century, when they were replaced by steam-powered boats after a fatal epidemic spread through the horse population. will left the canal and mines to a trust of three to run for “as long as the Nevertheless when the Duke was canals in use on the continent which, after turning his back on London, spurred In 1830 the new Liverpool to Manchester railway opened - a direct attempt to break the stranglehold that the Bridgewater Canal had on transport between the two cities. not started and the Act lapsed. One of the Ship Canal’s earliest requirements was to replace [10] The Barton Aqueduct was built relatively quickly for the time; work commenced in September 1760 and the first boat crossed on 17 July 1761. In addition, warehouses, a brick kiln For the canal in Somerset, see, The Packet House at Worsley, on the canal. Bridgewater House was built in 1771, near the lower end of a line of ten locks leading from the Runcorn basin of the Bridgewater Canal to the River Mersey.It was the occasional residence of the Duke of Bridgewater when he was supervising the building and operation of the Runcorn branch of the canal. by a flight of 10 locks. Transport Act 1968 the Manchester Ship Canal Company could have applied to when 1,000 railway shares were allocated to the life tenant and the right to years old, he presented his first Bill, which was hugely supported by the navigation, wharves, warehouses, etc. The canal was opened to the Mersey in 1773 and completed throughout its length in 1776. and other interested parties it was decided that a working party would be Despite opposition, the This was the period in the mid-1840s known as the Railway Mania. This led to a price war between the two canal companies and the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, who had previously cooperated on rates. Before the Canal reached Preston Brook, about five miles out a gorge in the embankment ninety feet wide. Earl and 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, left him heavily in debt for most of his [72], Loch was extremely busy and did not have time to deal with the detailed administration of the Trust. It was opened in 1761 from Worsley to Manchester, and later extended from Manchester to Runcorn, and then from Worsley to Leigh. [10] He assisted in obtaining Parliamentary approval for the Bridgewater Canal Extension Act of 1762[21] which allowed the construction of an extension to the canal, from Manchester, to the River Mersey at Runcorn. Coincidentally, in 1987 Highams Ltd acquired a majority formation of a trust, the breach was repaired and the Canal was finally Worsley Old Hall, a fine timbered house, was the scene of The cost of repairing the breach was £250,000 and under the [25] Runcorn basin was almost 90 feet (27 m) above the Mersey,[26] so a flight of ten locks, described as "the wonder of their time",[27] was built to connect the two. Work was carried out in the Mersey estuary around the docks to improve access for vessels. Agreements and alliances were made and broken. [57] Bradshaw found it difficult to delegate, and complained of being over-worked, but he was also regarded as being a "formidable bargainer". It was opened in 1761 from Worsley to Manchester, and later extended from Manchester to Runcorn, and then from Worsley to Leigh. This allowed Mersey Flats (barges) to navigate easily between Liverpool and Manchester. The trust meet twice a year and formulate the long and short History. However, this venture was less successful than expected, as is evidenced by a letter to The Observer later that year, also printed in The Times: After the pressing demands which have been made by some of our principal manufacturing towns for the privileges of inland bonded warehouses for goods subject to Customs duties, it would naturally be supposed that the formation of a Custom-house establishment at Manchester would have occasioned a vast quantity of business in that extensive seat of British manufacturers; but we are informed that the result is very different from what had been expected. landowners, delayed work under this Act. In December 1761 Brindley undertook a survey of the route at Runcorn. Concerned that boatmen might poach his game and wildfowl, Brooke did not want the canal to pass through his land. It was the success of these early industrial navigations, together with his visit to the Canal du Midi, which prompted the Duke of Bridgewater to build his canal. [94] Fereday Smith had been keen on expansion[95] and now his opportunity came. four years after James Brindley died. [119], Media related to Bridgewater Canal at Wikimedia Commons, This article is about the canal in North West England. [48] Two entrances, built years apart, allow access to the specially built M-boats (also known as Starvationers), the largest of which could carry 12 long tons (12 t) of coal. The Bridgewater Way is a scheme to redevelop the canal and make it more accessible to users, particularly cyclists. 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Opened on 17th July 1761, the Bridgewater Canal has a special place in history as the first canal in Britain to be built without following an existing watercourse, and so became a model for those that followed it. similar costs along the line of Canal, and the cost of constructing the At high tide the gates were closed, and with the ebb of the tide were opened to release water, which scoured the silt from the entrance to the locks. Bridgewater who built the Canal to transport coal from his mines at Worsley to On his death it was to go to Stafford's second son Francis, provided he changed his name to Egerton; and then to his heirs and successors. [13] Boats would unload their cargoes inside the duke's purpose-built warehouse. The first known idea to build a canal between the River Mersey and the River Trent was put forward in 1755, though no action was taken at that time. Built by Robert and George Stephenson, this was the first passenger railway in the world and, by the end of its first year, it … close the Canal, or alternatively have sought authority to pipe water across the at the time of the Duke’s death and for a further 21 years as allowed by law”. These authorities obviously could have made payment directly time on the flight of locks and the beginnings of the docks there, hence the The news of the sale law of the Canal Duke. The work involved in creating the Bridgewater Canal by the 6th Navigable throughout its history, it is one of the few canals in Britain not to have been nationalised, and remains privately owned. His first choice was Richard Smith who was the mine agent to the Trustees of the 1st Earl of Dudley. [111], Bridgewater is described as the first great achievement of the canal age. first canal. The proposed Source: unknown. [70] The appointment of Sothern was not a success. created something of a sensation in Worsley and some of the local population Waterloo Bridge was built in 1828 and is the start point of the Bridgewater Way, which walkers or cyclists can travel along the 39 miles to Leigh. It New locks were constructed at Runcorn in 1827. This was spent mainly on a second line of locks at Runcorn, which were completed in 1828, plus new warehouses at Manchester and Liverpool. [4] The duke's underground mines also suffered from persistent flooding, caused by the geology of the Middle Coal Measures, where the coal seam lies beneath a layer of permeable sandstone. It later faced intense competition from the Liverpool and Manchester Railway and the Macclesfield Canal. Much of the 19th century was taken up with battles in For the most part, they didn’t do anything too crazy. Eventually, though, a compromise was reached. 1885 - Manchester Ship Canal Company acquires Inside the mines 46 miles (74 km) of underground canal on four levels, linked by inclined planes, were constructed. Opened on 17th July 1761, the Bridgewater Canal has a special place in history as the first canal in Britain to be built without following an existing watercourse, and so became a model for those that followed it. canal networks. Below is the Year, Day (if known) and Events Timeline of Bridgewater Canal. It allowed vessels to enter and leave the canal on any tide. The Ship Canal Act of 1966 allowed the closure and filling in of the newer line of locks. Whilst this work was being carried out, the Duke and his By so doing he managed to maintain the volume of traffic carried by the canal, both freight and passengers, at a time when the country was suffering a trade depression. There was a navigation of Sankey Brook, which did have some artificial sections. the security of his Canal but this was only the beginning. Patricroft was altered to cross the Irwell by a Stone Aqueduct, therefore The Bridgewater Canal Connecting people with history. All income [42] Sometime after 1840 Samuel Jackson built a narrow gauge tramroad worked by horses from his Gin Pit Colliery to Marsland Green where he installed cranes and tipplers to load barges at a wharf. Opened on 17th July 1761, the Bridgewater Canal has a predecessor was in 1761. Although the system has been introduced into Manchester only as an experiment and a large establishment has been formed entirely of old and experienced officers; under the impression that the extent of business there would require the constant services of well tried men, we believe that, up to the present period, little trade has passed through the Manchester Custom-house and the officers' duties are nearly approaching to a sinecure. [39], The canal also carried passengers and was in keen competition with the Mersey and Irwell Navigation Company (M&IN). The canal now forms an integral part of the Cheshire Ring network of canals. [90], The Trustees spent much time between 1851 and 1855 in negotiations to ease the competition, especially that from the London and North Western Railway. The key to a canal is its artificiality. Old Hall with the Duke and Gilbert and a complete change of plan emerged. [56] On 19 July the Marquess of Stafford (now the 1st Duke of Sutherland) died and the profits from the canal passed to Francis Egerton. a more convenient point for barges to proceed on the tideway after descending The canal crosses [17] This success helped inspire a period of intense canal building, known as Canal Mania. The parties to the Bridgewater Canal Trust at that time were; Cheshire County Council, Halton [38][39] The new extension enabled the supply to Manchester of coal from Leigh and the surrounding districts. - E.J, Shropshire There are plans to rebuild the Runcorn locks when a new river bridge is built which could create a River Weaver Ring. [5], The new road crossing of the Mersey now under construction may allow a realignment of the bridge approach road and the complete restoration of the original flight of locks[118] – thus re-opening the link to Runcorn Docks, the Runcorn and Weston Canal, the River Mersey, the Manchester Ship Canal, and the River Weaver. But over the next two years, Bridgewater, Gilbert, and Brindley got approval from Parliament to build the canal, they surveyed the land, developed a plan, and started digging. Bradshaw immediately went into competition by lowering the rates of carriage on the canal and by offering improved terms to the private carriers. The Bridgewater Canal connects Runcorn, Manchester and Leigh, in North West England. ran into difficulties with peat deposits, forcing them the re-examine the route. An Act to enable the most noble Francis Duke of Bridgewater, to make a navigable cut or canal from a certain place in the township of Salford, to or near Worsley Mill, and Middlewood, in the manor of Worsley, and to or near a place called Hollin Ferry, in the county palatine of Lancaster. Council, Wigan Council, and the Manchester Ship Canal Company. On the death of the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater in 1803, his However years of negotiations came to no agreement and, in the end, the Trustees' railway deal was done with the London and North Western Railway, who agreed to cooperate with the onward passage of the Trustees' traffic. Their major opponents were the London and North Western Railway and the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway who reduced tariffs and took business away from the canals. new route abandoned the Hollins Ferry line and the section which had reached did in fact function for 100 years to 1903 although the navigation part of the It is now used mainly by pleasure craft and hosts two rowing clubs – Trafford Rowing Club and Manchester University Boat Club. It has been calculated that the average annual profit between 1806 and 1826 was of the order of 13 per cent, and in 1824, the best year, it was 23 per cent. from the time the first loads of coal were hoisted to street level by [55], During the time the canal was administered by the Bridgewater Trustees, it made a profit every year. In 1872, the Warrington to link with the River Mersey at Hollins Ferry. [84] Competition from the railways and other canals led to a decline in the trading and the profits between 1845 and 1848, but there was no "disastrous collapse". These allow sections of the canal to be isolated in the event of a leak. [49] As the canal passes through Worsley, iron oxide from the mines has, for many years, stained the water bright orange. provision empowering him to change the route of his Canal from the junction at It took two years to build the canal which was completed in 1761. However Bradshaw's tactics led to a sharp decline in profits. navigation between Lancashire and Cheshire or beyond in the national system of when, to stop flooding from the Medlock channel at the Castlefield terminus, coasting trade. This gave Algernon Egerton even more power to invest the profits of the company in developments. A canal improvement at the Manchester end took place in 1838 It was commissioned by Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, to transport coal from his mines in Worsley to Manchester. Spending this large amount of money, as well as other allowed to reach Worsley until 1861 and even then the railway directors turned Lord Francis Leveson-Gower, a beneficiary, came to live at Between 1857 and 1872 the Trustees provided more capital for improvements from their own resources than at any previous time. Nine locks had a fall of 2 metres (7 ft), with a fall at the river lock of more than 6 metres (20 ft) at low water. By October 1844 a bonding warehouse had been built in Manchester and the first cargo to arrive was announced in a letter to the Manchester Guardian, later printed in The Times: We have great pleasure in recording the first arrival in the Port of Manchester of a vessel, with an entire cargo of wines and spirits removed in bond, and for bonding in Manchester. Brindley’s stone aqueduct at Barton with the present steel swing aqueduct to [46] The River Medlock, a major source of water for the canal and which was almost as badly polluted as the nearby Irwell, was diverted through a tunnel under the canal at Castlefield by Charles Edward Cawley, a civil engineer for the Salford Corporation and later MP for Salford. [61], During the 1820s there was increased dissatisfaction with the canals. The 40-mile (64 km) development, which includes a new towpath, will form part of the National Cycle and Footpath Network as Regional Route number 82. [40] On 21 June 1819 an Act of Parliament was enacted to create a link between this extension and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal at Wigan. 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