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Barton Road Swing Bridge & Barton Swing Aqueduct

 

The Barton Swing Aqueduct is without doubt a masterpiece of Victorian civil engineering and is now classed as a Grade II listed building.

The first and only swing aqueduct in the world, it was built by Andrew Handyside of Derby, designed by Sir Edward Leader Williams and opened in 1894.

The Barton Swing Aqueduct allows the Bridgewater Canal to flow over the Manchester Ship Canal

In its 'closed' position the Barton Swing Aqueduct allows waterborne traffic on the Bridgewater Canal to pass over the Manchester Ship Canal. When large waterborne vessels on the Manchester Ship Canal want to pass, the Barton Aqueduct rotates 90 degrees on a small purpose-built island to its 'open' position.

There are gates at either end of the aqueduct and also on either bank of the Bridgewater Canal preventing the water from flooding out of both the canal and the Barton Aqueduct itself.

I should imagine there was much holding of breath the first time it ever actually swung to the open position. I think it's safe to say that it has definitely stood the test of time!

The Barton Road Swing Bridge and the Barton Swing Aqueduct are both operated from a brick control tower. The three structures are all on the same purpose-built island and when both swing structures are in the open position they line up along the length of the island leaving channels to either side allowing the waterborne traffic to pass.

There is a main channel for bigger ships and a narrower north channel for small vessels.

The Barton Swing Aqueduct replaced an earlier stone aqueduct that was completed in 1761 to pass over the River Irwell that the Manchester Ship Canal utilised for part of its length.

Wikipedia is a rich source of information about both the Barton Swing Aqueduct and the Manchester Ship Canal

 

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Barton Swing Aqueduct Over the Manchester Ship Canal 
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Barton Swing Aqueduct Viewed From Barton Road Swing Bridge 
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Barton Road Swing Bridge Viewed From the Grounds of All Saints Franciscan Friary
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Barton Road Swing Bridge Redclyffe Road Side
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