I visited the bridge water canal today to do some visual research, photography, and some historical, through the information boards they have set up around the part of the canal that runs through Manchester. I also used some – resources about the canal and its geography.
The canal was first opened 17.7.1761 and was the first canal in the country to not follow an existing river or other body of water so was considered a great achievement and many other canals across the country followed its lead. It was built by Francis Egerton, the third Duke of Bridgewater, in order to carry coal to the factories in Manchester.
This is just a brief explanation of the canals origins and where it got its name from. Today it is owned by the Manchester ship canal company and is protected by the Bridgewater canal trust which raise money and carry out restorations continuously. A more detailed history can be found at the Bridgewater canal company.