SJ8397 : Gaythorn Tunnel

taken 11 years ago, near to Rusholme, Manchester, Great Britain

Gaythorn Tunnel
Gaythorn Tunnel
Plaque on Century Street SJ8397 : End of Century Street commemorating the reconstruction of the tunnel in 1902.

Originally the Rochdale Canal terminated at Dale Street basin. The Duke of Bridgewater was reluctant to allow it to join the Bridgewater Canal. Pressure from other canal builders finally changed his mind and the last section linking the two was built. The Duke's Lock is number 92 and lowers boats down to the Bridgewater Canal. Originally the section of canal between Lock 91 at the end of Whitworth Street West and lock 92 ran through a shallow tunnel. In later years much of this was opened up except for the short Gaythorn Tunnel that carries it below Deansgate.
Rochdale Canal

The Rochdale Canal runs for 33 miles between Manchester and Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire, UK. In Sowerby Bridge it connects with the Calder and Hebble Navigation. In Manchester it connects with the Ashton and Bridgewater Canals.

The canal was opened between Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden and from Manchester to Rochdale in 1799 and between Todmorden and Rochdale in 1805. Most of the canal was closed in 1952. Restoration work began in late 1980s and by 1996 the canal was opened to navigation once again between Sowerby Bridge and the summit level. The canal was re-opened to navigation along its entire length in July 2002 and forms part of the South Pennine Ring.

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