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Caption for Barton Upon Irwell, The Swing Bridges 1895: One impressive feature of the Manchester Ship Canal was the Barton Aqueduct, designed by Edward Leader Williams, seen to the right of this photograph. It carried the Bridgewater Canal across the new waterway. It pivoted on a central support.

Memories of Barton Upon Irwell

This picture shows both the Barton road bridge and the swing bridge carrying the Bridgewater Canal across the Manchester Ship Canal in the 'open' position. I used to visit this site as a child when there were still barges operating on the Bridgewater. It is a fascinating and unique example of (...Read full memory)

I went to St Catherine's from about the age of 7 in 1958 along with my siblings. Some of my best friends were Sandra Humphries, who wanted to be a pop singer and I remember she had a great voice, Gillian Andrews, she also had a big brother at the school called Christopher and Lynn Wilkinson, her parents (...Read full memory)

I remember the small school well. I went there 1953 -1957 close to the Manchester Ship Canal. Lunch was brought around in big steel cans and we had much fun and laughter. Christmas plays were fun too. I also lived at 513 Barton Lane before moving to Australia late 1958. My grandparents lived 569 Barton (...Read full memory)

This photograph shows the Barton Road Swing Bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal, taken from the Bridgewater Canal Aqueduct, which stands alongside this bridge and carried the Bridgewater Canal over the MSC. The swing bridge used to be a source of frustration in the 1960s before the new Barton High (...Read full memory)

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