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The Bridgewater Canal is sometimes described as England’s first canal. Named after its owner, Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, who built the canal to transport coal from his mines at Worsley to the industrial areas of Manchester, the Bridgewater Canal was the forerunner of the country's canal networks. Opened on 17 July 1761, the canal has a special place in history as the first to be built in Britain without following an existing watercourse, and so became a model for those that followed it. Affectionately known as the 'Dukes Cut', the Bridgewater Canal revolutionised transport in this country and marked the beginning of the golden canal era which followed from 1760 to 1830. In this new book, authors Jean and John Bradburn take the reader on a fascinating journey in 180 photographs, showing how the Bridgewater Canal has changed and developed during the last century and beyond.
Number of Pages: 96
Series Title: Through Time
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Author: Jean Bradburn & John Bradburn
Street Date: March 1, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-42-2317
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