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History of the Manchester Ship Canal from its Inception to its Completion

History of the Manchester Ship Canal from its Inception to its Completion
With Personal Reminiscences
2 Volume Set


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  • Date Published: April 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108071215

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  • By the late nineteenth century, charges imposed on Manchester companies for the use of Liverpool's docks and the connecting railway had created an atmosphere of resentment within the business community. The Manchester Ship Canal was to play a major part in the city's regeneration following the depression of the 1870s, but it took a lengthy battle for the scheme to gain the backing of Parliament and for construction to begin in 1887. In this two-volume work of 1907, Sir Bosdin Leech (1836–1912) traces the canal's conception, planning and construction. Volume 1 discusses the historical and economic factors that led to the creation of the waterway, as well as the bitter political fight to make it a reality. Volume 2 begins with the project's backers having finally raised the capital necessary to begin construction. The work includes a large amount of illustrative content, enhancing the light shed on the landscape and notable personalities of Manchester at that time.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108071215
    • length: 902 pages
    • dimensions: 297 x 210 x 47 mm
    • weight: 2.24kg
    • contains: 73 b/w illus. 6 colour illus. 10 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Navigable rivers of England
    2. English canals
    3. Canalised rivers and ship canals
    4. History of the Liverpool docks
    5. Early attempts to make a ship canal to Manchester
    6. 1882: Daniel Adamson heads the ship canal movement
    7. 1883: Chronicle of events
    8. 1883: Ship Canal Bill in the Commons
    9. 1883: Ship Canal Bill in the Lords
    10. 1884: Manchester thoroughly roused
    11. 1884: History of the Parliamentary Bill in the Lords
    12. 1884: Parliamentary proceedings in the House of Commons
    13. 1885: The Ship Canal Bill recast
    14. 1885: Ship Canal Bill in the House of Lords
    15. 1885: Bill before Mr Forster's committee in the Commons
    16. 1886: Attempts to raise the capital. Volume 2:
    17. 1887: Crusade for capital
    18. 1888: The contractor starts in earnest
    19. 1889: Dispute about tidal openings
    20. 1890: Death of Daniel Adamson
    21. 1891: Gloomy prospects
    22. New executive committee at work
    23. 1893: Old directors defend their policy
    24. 1894: Dr Pankhurst's application for certificate, and speech
    25. Dramatis personae
    Appendices 1-11

  • Author

    Bosdin Leech

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