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Manchester Ship Canal Company


Manchester Ship Canal Company records: records of the Bridgewater Department 1888-1992, legal records 1884-1970, administrative and financial records 1861-1919, traffic charges and tolls 1915-1962, publicity 1912-late 20th century, plans of the canal 1883-1969, and Barton Aqueduct late 19th-mid 20th century.



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The records comprising this fonds have been deposited in the British Waterways Archive, Gloucester between 1963 and 2002. The material has come to the archive gradually over the years and many of the individual records, although indexed, have never been fully accessioned. As a result of this the exact provenance of much of the material and how it was collected is unknown. Most of the material has come from various British Waterways' offices, but some has been deposited by both British Waterways' employees and individuals with a background and/or interest in waterways. There are also a number of records which have been purchased from auction.

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[See also: BW11 and BW12 for records of the Bridgewater Canal before it was taken over by the Manchester Ship Canal Company]