SJ8397 : The Grocers' Warehouse Cogwheel

taken 6 years ago, near to Rusholme, Manchester, Great Britain

The Grocers' Warehouse Cogwheel
The Grocers' Warehouse Cogwheel
The opening of the Bridgewater Canal in 1764 meant that coal, from the mines at Worsley, could be brought into Manchester by barge. Manchester's new industries now had a cheap supply of coal to fuel the Industrial Revolution. The Grocer's warehouse built in the early 1770s, next to the coal wharf, was one of first large warehouses at Castlefield. It was probably the first British warehouse where the barges were unloaded inside the building by a water-powered crane. In 1811, it was sold to the Manchester Grocers' company and that is how it got its name.

The original building was demolished in 1960 and a partial reconstruction, which incorporated a water wheel driven hoist, was completed in 1967. The Grocers' warehouse is commemorated by this waterwheel which bears the inscription:

"Built on the site where coal was first brought to Manchester by canal for the 1st Duke of Bridgewater. The warehouse marks the location where coal was transferred to street level using water wheel driven machinery designed and built by James Brindley. The delivery of cheap coal marked the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and helped establish Manchester as a principal manufacturing centre.

As a result of increasing trade and success of the scheme a warehouse for the storage of provisions was constructed on the site of the coal wharf".

In the background is an arch of the Castlefield Viaduct that carries the main railway line west from Deansgate over the Rochdale Canal.

SJ8397 : Grocers' Warehouse Cog Wheel Inscription

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Date Taken
Thursday, 30 January, 2014   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 4 February, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Canal (from Tags)
Bridgewater  Rochdale 
Date (from Tags)
1764  1811  1960  1967 
Person (from Tags)
James Brindley 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8330 9753 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.4539N 2:15.1842W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8329 9752
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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Castlefield  Castlefield Viaduct  Site of Former Warehouse  Waterwheel 

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