Manchester Ship Canal Company Acquires The Canal & Barton Swing Bridge

In 1885 (completed in 1887) the Canal was again sold when, under the Manchester Ship Canal Act the Manchester Ship Canal Company paid the Bridgewater Navigation Company £1,710,000 for the whole of their properties.

One of the Ship Canal’s earliest requirements was to replace Brindley’s stone aqueduct at Barton with the present steel swing aqueduct to carry the Bridgewater Canal over the Ship Canal, as famous today as its predecessor was in 1761.