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Barton Swing Aqueduct

The Barton Swing Aqueduct was built between 1893 which was a direct replacement for the earlier Barton Aqueduct, a stone structure crossing the river irwell.

The bridge was then found in 1893 and was constructed in an even more daring structure than the original aqueduct. This is one the wonders of the waterway world which carries the bridge water canal across the Manchester Ship Canal. The Barton Swing Aqueduct is one of the most visit attracting in Manchester as it beautifies the view.

The bridge is 18 feet wide, 7 feet deep and 235ft long full of water. The aqueduct is a form of swing bridge. When closed, it allows canal traffic to pass along the Bridgewater Canal.

When ships are going pass the bridge swings at least twice daily, however it has to be swung slowly to prevent the water moving to an extent upsetting equilibrium.

A viewing platform at the rear of Chapel place affords a good view of the bridge. The roads are extremely busy in the area, roads needs to be crossed with care.

The swing aqueduct was built alongside the original stone aqueduct so it was impossible to test whether it worked by swinging it open with a tank full of water until the original aqueduct had been demolished! However, the faith in the designers and engineers was well placed and the aqueduct has been swinging successfully ever since.