Missing Text from Magazine 108
The third is Health & Safety; this job involves liaising with the Working Party Organiser and the landowners (principally C&RT) to provide the paperwork which the landowners need in advance of each working party. Most of the paperwork exists and just needs updating each time, so it is a fairly straightforward job
Later the canal bed here was dug out and what it looked like at the end of the dig can be seen on page 11.
The photos below show the stages in cleaning and painting the plate; the letters stand for the London Midland & Scottish Railway. This matches the new bridge plate 50 on the Meccano Bridge. The incorrect bridge plate 14 has now been removed.
Lee Savage, development director of Scarborough said: “Middlewood Locks will be a first-class, mixed-use community in one of the UK’s most exciting new areas. The development is situated in what will be a new business destination for the city as well as a sought-after residential neighbourhood due to its proximity to Manchester city centre, MediaCityUK and the impact of other wider regeneration activities that are taking place in the Salford area.”
Adapted from MEN, 19 June 2015
Aims and Objectives
The Society's objectives are to restore, reconstruct, preserve, maintain and improve the Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal from Nob End, Little Lever to the River Irwell in Salford, to Church Wharf in Bolton, and to Bury Bridges in Bury.
• 1791 Canal Authorised by Act of Parliament
• Surveyed and Engineered by Matthew Fletcher
• Canal opened in 1797 – Salford locks completed in
1808, linking the canal to the River Irwell
• Length: 15 miles 1 furlong
• Summit level from Bolton to Bury; 17 locks descend to Salford: a drop of 187ft
• Maximum size of boats: 68' x 14' 2"
Principal traffic was coal from numerous canalside collieries
• 20 tramroads linked the canal to other collieries
• Major features: Damside Aqueduct (demolished), Prestolee Locks (2 staircases of 3 locks), Prestolee and Clifton Aqueducts,
steam crane at Mount Sion, Ringley lock house, quarter-milestones
• Originally designed as a narrow canal - widened during construction in order to be able to link with the Leeds and Liverpool Canal
at Red Moss
• Extensions to Red Moss, Haslingden & Sladen proposed but not built
• c.1791 Fletcher's Canal built; connected to the MB&BC c. 1800
• 1831 Canal became a railway company, and built the Manchester to Bolton line in 1838. The canal passed to the Lancashire
& Yorkshire Railway in 1847
• 1924 Sections became disused; major breach at Prestolee in 1936; canal formally closed in 1941 & 1961; last use in Bury in 1965
• 1987 Canal Society formed
• Canal protected by Salford, Bolton & Bury local authorities in their Unitary Development Plans
• 2002 Restoration announced by British Waterways, work began in 2006
• 2012 Meccano Bridge built at Nob End, Little Lever