Documents concerning the Bridgewater Canal.

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 418 Phelps/1/1/2
  • Former Reference
      GB 418 Box 1 no. 2
  • Dates of Creation
      1766-1857

Scope and Content

1. Barton aquaduct pre 1890.

2. Old and new aquaducts, Barton, 1892-1893.

3. Demolition of Brindley's aquaduct.

4. Brindley's aquaduct: old and new.

5. Beginning of Ship Canal work at Barton.

6. Demolition of aquaduct at Barton.

7. Last bit of aquaduct at Barton.

8. Aquaduct, Barton.

9. Road Bridge, Barton.

10. Barton aquaduct from a sketch by J.J. Rousseau; canal land at Worsley from a sketch by J.J. Rousseau.

11. Photograph of Lord Ellesmere's barge (2).

12. Sketch of the modern aquaduct at Barton, James Brindley ills.

13. Inclined plane: subterranean canal in coal mining.

14. Mason's marks on Barton aquaduct.

15. 2 engravings: canal at Worsley Hall by R. Haldane Bradshaw, pre 1835.

16. Cutting: Manchester Guardian, 20 Jan 1880. Photograph of a warehouse and mill.

17. Sketch: quarry and subterranean tunnel, Worsley, in 1766.

Photographs (2): underground canal, Worsley.

18. Duke of Bridgewater; Elizabeth, Duchess of Brandon (illus.).

19. (i) Lecture notes "The romance of an old canal" for BBC, 28 Aug 1925. 21 x 13 cm. 12 leaves.

(ii) Lecture notes "The romance of an old canal". Includes references to slides. 22 x 17 cm. 54 leaves.

(iii) Ticket for lecture, "The romance of the Bridgewater Canal", 12 Dec 1921.

(iv) Cutting from the Manchester Evening Chronicle, 9 Nov 1925, of an advertisement for a lecture at the Social Club, Lower Mosley Street, on 10 Nov 1925.

(v) Cutting from the Manchester Evening Chronicle, 27 Apr 1925, "from a canal bridge".

(vi) Cutting from the Daily Mail, 1 Apr 1920, death of Henry Samuel Bickerton Brindley, great-nephew of James Brindley.

(vii) 2 cuttings showing packhorses, 14 Oct 1905.

(viii) Sketch of the underground canal and inclined plane at Worsley.

(ix) Published map: Manchester Ship Canal Company Bridgewater Department. Map of the Company's navigations with others in connection, Apr 1908.

(x) Letter to J.J. Phelps from Henry H. Davies, Bridgewater Offices, refers to 1799 steamboat and mason's marks on buildings at Worsley, 3 Oct 1912.

(xi) Notes on 'The History of Inland Navigations particularly those of the Duke of Bridgewater in Lancashire and Cheshire', (London, 1769). 6 leaves. Includes transcript of a letter from the editor to the Duke of Bridgewater. Also contains notes on Young's 'Six month tour through the North of England', 1774.

(xii) Notes on Mersey and Irwell Navigation and Bridgewater Canal Acts. 2 pp. Taken from Scrapbook, Chetham's Library.

(xiii) Loose notes: miscellaneous. 10 leaves.

(xiv) Lecture, "The Romance of an Old Canal".