Junction with the River Irwell

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Junction with the River Irwell
Junction with the River Irwell

The Manchester & Salford Junction Canal enters the River Irwell under the lift bridge. The first lock is immediately behind the bridge.

The River Irwell is navigable for around 1.4km (nearly a mile) upstream (to the left) of the junction. Downstream (to the right) is the junction with the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal, the former Hulme Locks Branch, Pomona Lock and the Manchester Ship Canal.

Waterway and Kilometerage MASJ 00-000-01
OS Grid Reference SJ 82953 98082
Date and Time 091205 104010
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Lock 1

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Lock 1
Lock 1

Having passed through the paired lock 2, the other side of Water Street behind the wall, the canal comes towards us through lock 1 to reach the River Irwell.

Waterway and Kilometerage MASJ 00.020.01
OS Grid Reference SJ 83008 98051
Date and Time 160201 125153
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Lock 1 and Lift Bridge

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Lock 1 and lift bridge
Lock 1 and lift bridgeLock

Lock 1 was never paired, unlike locks 2, 3 and 4 which were paired.  The lock leads under the lift bridge onto the River Irwell.  The river is navigable upstream for a short distance to the right, and downstream to reach the Manchester Ship Canal.

Waterway and Kilometerage MASJ 00.040.02
OS Grid Reference SJ 83026 98051
Date and Time 160201 125024
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Lower Byrom Street

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Lower Byrom Street
Lower Byrom Street

The canal continued straight ahead at Lower Byrom Street where pedestrians now have to walk around the television studios which now cover the site of lock 2.  There were paired broad locks.

Waterway and Kilometerage MASJ 00.305.01
OS Grid Reference SJ 83265 97926
Date and Time 160201 124407
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Camp Street

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Camp Street
Camp Street

After passing under the railway goods station and crossing Deansgate the canal continued straight ahead along what is now Camp Street in its way to meet the River Irwell.

Waterway and Kilometerage MASJ 00.550.01
OS Grid Reference SJ 83486 97833
Date and Time 160201 124039
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Reaching Watson Street

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Reaching Watson Street
Reaching Watson Street

Having descended through the paired staircase locks 3 and 4 as it comes towards us under Manchester Central’s Goods Depot, the canal would have crossed what is now Watson Street.

Waterway and Kilometerage MASJ 00.645.01
OS Grid Reference SJ 83578 97802
Date and Time 160201 123304
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Under the Building

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Under the building
Under the building

After emerging from under the Manchester Central Goods Depot and crossing Watson Street the canal continued under another railway goods depot, between Watson Street and Deansgate.

Waterway and Kilometerage MASJ 00.650.02
OS Grid Reference SJ 83597 97802
Date and Time 160201 123558
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