SJ8498 : Manchester 2002 Mural, Rochdale Canal

taken 4 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Manchester 2002 Mural, Rochdale Canal
Manchester 2002 Mural, Rochdale Canal
In readiness for the re-opening of the whole Rochdale Canal in 2002, the tunnel area below Piccadilly, which had been a neglected and menacing area, was improved with better lighting. Its dark recesses were blocked off by panelling and a new walkway was installed to avoid the need to walk around the edge of the underground area. Additionally, the area was brightened by the installation of this massive mural.

The mural, which is sited along the side of the tunnel, close to Lock 85, was designed by canal boat painter Philip Speight. It consists of five individual panels which cover a series of unsightly recesses in the tunnel connecting Piccadilly Basin with Canal Street.

The mural celebrates the cultural heritage of Manchester, from the industrial revolution through to the Commonwealth Games. Its centrepieces are renditions of the Commonwealth Games 2002 logo and the canal boat 'Manchester Rose 2002', emphasising the importance that year played in rejuvenating the city's 20 mile waterway system (Archive LinkExternal link ).
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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Monday, 4 September, 2017   (more nearby)
Friday, 8 September, 2017
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City, Town centre  People, Events  Canals 
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Rochdale Canal 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 846 981 [100m precision]
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