SD7506 : Prestolee Road

near to Little Lever, Bolton, Great Britain

Prestolee Road
Prestolee Road
This road, leading past the Bolton arm of the Manchester, Bolton & Bury canal to the Manchester arm at the bottom of the locks, dates from the time before the railways were built, when passengers used the canals to travel by fast packet boat to Manchester. This path was covered and passengers walked
this path between boats, to save the water and time it would take a boat to pass through six locks. (info from Exploring Greater Manchester, a fieldwork guide (web edition); edited by Paul Hindle, Manchester Geographical Society
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Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal
The Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal is a disused canal, built to link Bolton and Bury with Manchester. The canal, when fully completed in 1796, was 15 miles long. It was connected with the River Irwell in Salford, in 1808.

From Salford the canal ran up the Irwell valley to reach Nob End, where it climbed the Prestolee Locks, and then split into two branches leading to Bolton and Bury. The canal was built principally to serve the many collieries in the area, as well as to transport other cargo such as stone and timber.

By 1846 a parallel railway had been built to Bury, and the canal went into decline. The Bolton arm went out of use in 1924, though with some minor use until 1947. The Bury arm was breached just above Nob End in 1936, but the then isolated Bury arm continued to be used until 1951, principally between the canalside Ladyshore Colliery and Bury. The final section of the canal was officially closed in 1961, and much of it was filled in.
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LinkExternal link Exploring Greater Manchester, a fieldwork guide (web edition); edited by Paul Hindle, Manchester Geographical Society
LinkExternal link Wikipedia article
LinkExternal link Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal Society website
LinkExternal link Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, Pennine Waterways
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Sunday, 14 November, 2010   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 17 November, 2010
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Canals  Roads, Road transport 
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Manchester Bolton and Bury 
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Road > Old road   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 752 064 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:33.2576N 2:22.5153W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 752 064
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