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. 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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- Date Published: April 2014
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108071192
- length: 434 pages
- dimensions: 297 x 210 x 22 mm
- weight: 1.04kg
- contains: 27 b/w illus. 10 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
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.
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