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


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