Historical Information

The canal is famous for being the first built for the Duke of Bridgewater to take coal from his mines at Worsley where there were more than 40 miles of underground canals on more than one level.

The University of Salford have the archive of the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater. The bulk of the collection is concerned with the building of the Bridgewater Canal, but there is material relating to its later history.