Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal :: Shared Description

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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SD7908 : Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal by David Dixon
SD7506 : Canalside Buildings at Nob End by David Dixon
SD7506 : Prestolee Road by David Dixon
SD7908 : Rothwell Bridge, Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal by David Dixon
SD7807 : Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal by David Dixon
SD7807 : Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal in Fog by David Dixon
SD7506 : Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, Disused Locks at Nob End by David Dixon
SD7606 : Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, Mount Sion Steam Crane by David Dixon
SD7908 : Rothwell Bridge at Sunset by David Dixon
SD7807 : Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, Radcliffe by David Dixon
SD7506 : Remains of Nob End Locks by David Dixon
SD7807 : Coot on the Canal by David Dixon
SD7807 : Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, at Radcliffe by David Dixon
SD7908 : Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, Rothwell Bridge by David Dixon
SD7908 : Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal by David Dixon
SD7707 : Bury And Bolton Canal by David Dixon
SD7707 : Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal at Radcliffe by David Dixon
SD7506 : Meccano Bridge at Nob End by David Dixon
SD7807 : Swan and Cygnets by David Dixon
SD7707 : Bury & Bolton Canal, School Street Bridge by David Dixon
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SD7807 : Young Coots, Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal at Radcliffe by David Dixon
SD7807 : The Canal at Radcliffe by David Dixon

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Created: Tue, 16 Nov 2010, Updated: Tue, 16 Nov 2010

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