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The Bridgewater Canal is sometimes described as England’s first canal.

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  • As a young man Francis Egerton, 6th Earl and 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, took a grand tour of Europe, and was evidently impressed with the canals in use on the continent which, after turning his back on London, spurred him on to develop this means of transport to serve his collieries in Lancashire.

    Initially his Agent, John Gilbert, was involved in the preliminary levelling and surveying of the site. When the Duke was just 23 years old, he presented his first Bill, which was hugely supported by the traders of Manchester and Salford on the Duke’s promise to reduce the delivered price of coal in Manchester to no more that 4d per cwt.

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Summer colours along the Bridgewater Canal 🌷🌞 August is right around the corner and hopefully it will bring sun and blue skies so we can enjoy warm walks along the waterside. 📸: @leahwhitehorse001
Happy Monday everyone! We hope you all have a lovely week 🌥️✨ 📸: @jobo_photos
Peaceful evening walks along the Bridgewater Canal >> ☁️😮‍💨 Nothing beats a long walk at the end of a busy week, so make time for you this weekend and head out for a stroll along the water's edge. 📸: @drwilli59
Spice up your Monday with watersports along the Bridgewater Canal! 🛶⛅ Why not get a @British.Canoeing licence that permits Canoes, Kayaks and SUP's to travel up and down the Bridgewater Canal free of charge. 📸 : @_jaderauhl
Cheeeeeese... 📸🧀 We found this photo in our gallery and just had to share it. It's made our week! The Bridgewater Canal is the perfect place to take your pooch this summer, come rain or shine ⛅
Taking a dip 🦆💧 We love seeing your photos of the wildlife you find along the Bridgewater Canal. Next time you're visiting, snap some pics and send them to us! 📸: @geembailey
Happy Monday 🌤️✨ Sending you peaceful and positive vibes to get you through this week. 📸: @monicasphotographs

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