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Notes on the Geography of The United Kingdom: Manchester: Photo 3

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As an industrial center Manchester begins here, with the Bridgewater Canal, built between 1759 and 1769 by Francis Egerton, the Duke of Bridgewater. He wanted to move coal cheaply, and he succeeded: not only did Manchester now have cheap coal but textile mills had a source of mechanical power. More broadly, the canal is a milestone in British transport history, because it initiated the canal mania that in a few decades covered the island with a navigation net. It is also remarkable because it has no locks. The view here, taken from a point a couple of miles west of Manchester, gives you a fine juxtaposition of old and new: there on the right, wrapped in parking lots, is the Manchester United football ground.

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