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A Wonder of the Waterway World: Barton’s Swing Aqueduct
Thu 23 March 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 GMT
A talk by Alexandra Mitchell, Peel Group Archivist.
Barton upon Irwell has been the site of not one, but two, aqueducts since the 1760s. In this talk, Alexandra Mitchell, the Archivist for The Peel Group, will discuss the second of the two structures, the Barton Swing Aqueduct built in 1893 and officially opened the following year. Designed by Edward Leader Williams to carry the Bridgewater Canal over the newly constructed Manchester Ship Canal, the swing aqueduct is considered to be a major feat of Victorian civil engineering and has remained in regular operation for over 120 years. Showcasing some previously unseen photographs and drawings from the Peel Archives, this talk will help us to understand more about the history and workings of the aqueduct and its future.
Free but places are limited and booking is essential.
Image shows the pivot on the Swing Aqueduct island being re-rollered in 1927. Courtesy of the Peel Archives