PDF version of ‘Bridgewater 250: The Archaeology of the World’s First Industrial Canal’
Edited by Michael Nevell and Terry Wyke
The Bridgewater Canal was first opened on 17th July 1761. 2011 marked the 250th anniversary of this momentous event. It was affectionately known as the ‘Duke’s Cut’, and was viewed by contemporaries as one the most influential transport monuments of the Industrial Age.
The papers in this monograph take a fresh look at the archaeological and historical importance of the 41 mile (66km) long canal. They range from studies of the Worsley canal village, the underground canals accessing the coal mines, and the barges using the canal, to the Castlefield canal basin, Runcorn terminus and the warehouses along the route.
The monograph also summarises archaeological and historical work on the canal over the last 20 years, as well as suggesting a research strategy for the future. From canal boats and aqueducts, to embankments, warehouses and water-management, the Bridgewater Canal was the fore-runner of many of the innovations in transport during the Industrial Revolution, making it a monument of world significance.
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