SJ8498 : Rochdale Canal Beneath Piccadilly

taken 2 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Rochdale Canal Beneath Piccadilly
Rochdale Canal Beneath Piccadilly
Travelling west, after leaving Dale Street Lock, the Rochdale Canal follows a rather dark and dank tunnel below the modern buildings of Piccadilly. To improve it when the canal was reopened in 2002, the cavernous recesses to the side were walled off and a new walkway was installed which avoided the need to walk around the edge of the underground area. These changes and the installation of lights and CCTV cameras have made walking this section much more pleasant than it had been previously. The mural, which is sited along the side of the tunnel, also helps to brighten up the area. Designed by canal boat painter Philip Speight, 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 ). See SJ8498 : Rochdale Canal Mural Beneath Piccadilly and SJ8498 : Manchester 2002 Mural, Rochdale Canal.
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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Date Taken
Monday, 4 September, 2017   (more nearby)
Friday, 8 September, 2017
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Paths  City, Town centre  Canals 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
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Rochdale Canal 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 846 981 [100m precision]
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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