Hidden Manchester Map


Tunnels, rivers, mines & subterranean spaces of Hidden Manchester

Waterways

Brunswick Basin ๐Ÿ“

Shown on page 20 of Underground Manchester (Keith Warrender, 2007), and on Castlefield Canal Heritage Walk.

Part of the Manchester Salford Junction Canal.

Cathedral Landing Stage at Victoria Arches ๐Ÿ“

Just outside the cathedral there was a landing stage where people boarded pleasure boats on the Irwell.


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Cornbrook Weir ๐Ÿ“

When building the Bridgewater Canal James Brindley built a siphon at Pomona to carry the Cornbrook under the canal and into the River Irwell. He also build a circular wear here to allow the canal to overflow in to the brook in order to maintain the correct height of the water. You can see a photo of Cornbrook Weir on Canal Archive.


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Dukes Tunnel ๐Ÿ“

This tunnel leads from a previous lower level Medlock to a point just underneath the present day station approach, and was used to carry coal from the Worsley mines to the station.


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Irk Culvert start at Scotland Bridge / Redwood ๐Ÿ“

Here the Irk culvert begins.

Irk culvert ๐Ÿ“

Named Optimus Prime by the urban exploration community

Lock 1 ๐Ÿ“

Part of the Manchester Salford Junction Canal

Lock 2 ๐Ÿ“

Part of the Manchester Salford Junction Canal

Lock 3 ๐Ÿ“

Part of the Manchester Salford Junction Canal

Lock 4 ๐Ÿ“

Part of the Manchester Salford Junction Canal

Manchester Salford Junction Canal entrance ๐Ÿ“

2007 Irwell Entrance by Pew Pew Pew! Lasers! on Flickr.

Manchester Salford Junction Canal Tunnel ๐Ÿ“

See Andrew Brookโ€™s photograph from the depths of the Great Northern Railway building. Read more on the Pennine Waterways Page.


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Medlock โ€˜Budgeโ€™ Culvert ๐Ÿ“

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Medlock Culvert ๐Ÿ“

A culvert of the River Medlock.

Medlock Diversion Tunnel ๐Ÿ“

Here the Medlock is diverted via a siphon underneath the Bridgewater canal. Before this tunnel was built the river supplied the Bridgewater, but this was no longer necessary when the connection to the Rochdale Canals was made. The pins on the map represent ventilation grids. The tunnel and associated overflow are grade II listed structures.


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Medlock Gaythorn Culvert ๐Ÿ“

Shown on Lancashire. Manchester. Sheet CIV. 10. 14, a map on the The University of Manchester Library Image Collections.

Medlock โ€˜You-Missedโ€™ Culvert ๐Ÿ“

This culvert is dubbed You-Missed. It is described on โ€œRope Burnโ€ Culvert by Jim Gilletteue, and on Gone Eighty Five, and on Urbex Forums.

Previous Irwell route ๐Ÿ“

Plotted from A deeper understanding of climate induced risk to urban infrastructure: case studies of past events in Greater Manchester

Remains of Brindley's Cloverleaf Weir on Potato Wharf ๐Ÿ“

Here the Bridgewater drains into the Medlock though a tumbling weir. Brindley is also responsible for the similar Cornbrook Weir. The tunnel that this weir drains into joins the Medlock next to the outfall of the Medlock Diversion Tunnel. The overflow and associated tunnel are grade II listed structures.


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River Tib Canal Drain ๐Ÿ“

Here the hidden underground River Tib crosses the Rochdale Canal. At a pointโ€”marked on the side of the canalโ€”the two are connected by a trap-door in the canal bed which was used to drain water into the River Tib.


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River Tib ๐Ÿ“

The River Tib has been hidden from view for almost two centuries, and yet is still remembered in place names such as Tib Street, Tib Lock, Tib Lane. It marked the boundary of the Roman settlement Mamucium and ultimately feeds the River Medlock.


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Rochdale Canal Entrance ๐Ÿ“

1970s Rochdale Canal junction

Rochdale Canal Tunnel under Dale Street ๐Ÿ“



From Panoramio.

Rochdale Water Diversion Culvert Vent ๐Ÿ“

There are photos on Castlefield Canal Heritage Walk and more information in The Dukeโ€™s Cut.

Shooters Brook ๐Ÿ“

Shooters Brook rises in Newton Heath. It is a tributary of the Medlock and is fed by Newton Brook. Although these days it is diverted into the Dukes Tunnel and sewers it used to run openly through Manchester from the North East, meeting the Medlock at Garrat Hall.
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Spurs to station goods lift ๐Ÿ“

See Andrew Brookโ€™s photograph from the depths of the Great Northern Railway building.

The Great Fosse ๐Ÿ“

Route taken from A deeper understanding of climate induced risk to urban infrastructure: case studies of past events in Greater Manchester.

Read Remains Connected With Lancaster and Chester: Collectanea Relating to Manchester and Its Neighborhood for more information.

Tib draining into the Medlock? ๐Ÿ“

This is the location of the point that the River Tib joins the River Medlock. The exact location is roughly worked out from tracing the 1794 William Green map. The photos below from substormflowโ€™s exploration of the River Medlock are believed to be the river emerging from its very old culvert (much better versions are included on the link) just underneath First Street. The drawing (provided by Manchesterโ€™s image archives) shows an illustration by Frederick A. Winkfield from page 109 of Memorials of Manchester Streets named โ€˜Outlet of the River Tib at Gaythornโ€™.


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Unadopted shorter lower level route ๐Ÿ“

This shorter and lower level alternative route for the Manchester Salford Junction Canal is shown on the Pigot 1813 map from Manchester Historical Maps. From my reckoning it would emerge around the intersection of the canal and the older Metrolink staircase at Deansgate locks.

Upper Pump House ๐Ÿ“

Part of the Manchester Salford Junction Canal

Haweswater Aqueduct ๐Ÿ“

The 56 mile underground Haweswater Aqueduct is another feat of engineering drawing water from the Lake District to supply Manchester. It was started in 1935, 10 years after the Thirlmere Aqueduct was completed in 1955 (although later improvements were made in the 1970s).


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Thirlmere Aqueduct ๐Ÿ“

This mammoth 96 mile aqueduct was built between 1890 and 1925 to serve the growing demand for water in post-industrial revolution Manchester. A true feat of Victorian engineering, it brings over 220 million litres of clean drinking water (11% of the North Westโ€™s water) from the Lake District to Manchester over a 36 hour journey. It is the longest gravity-fed aqueduct in the world and if its tunnel section was continuous it would be the longest tunnel in the world.


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Ball Brook ๐Ÿ“

Black Brook Beswick ๐Ÿ“

Black Brook ๐Ÿ“

Chorlton Brook ๐Ÿ“

Clayton Brook ๐Ÿ“

Cornbrook ๐Ÿ“

The culverted Cornbrook river. You can see photos from inside the culvert on 28DaysLater and substormflow.

Cringle Brook ๐Ÿ“

Crowcroft Brook ๐Ÿ“

Dick Lane Brook ๐Ÿ“

Dodgeleech Brook ๐Ÿ“

Dog Kennel Brook ๐Ÿ“

Fallowfield Brook ๐Ÿ“

Fog Lane Brook ๐Ÿ“

Gore Brook ๐Ÿ“

Gore Brook may receive its name from a dirty appearance, as gore means dirty in Dutch. It is over 3 miles long (although perhaps longer as Iโ€™ve not found a definitive description of its start). It runs through Birch Fields Park and Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield and is culverted a number of times in Belle Vue, Rusholme and Fallowfield. Close to its start at Debdale Reservoir a culvert (nicknamed Gorton Falls) carries the Gore over the reservoir to keep itโ€™s polluted water out of it.


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Levenshulme Road Brook ๐Ÿ“

Ley Brook ๐Ÿ“

Longford Brook ๐Ÿ“

Moss Brook ๐Ÿ“

Platt Brook ๐Ÿ“

Print Works Brook ๐Ÿ“

Red Lion Brook ๐Ÿ“

Rush Brook ๐Ÿ“

Shaw Brook ๐Ÿ“

Willow Brook ๐Ÿ“

Newton Brook ๐Ÿ“

Newton Brook is a small brook rising in Wilson Park between Newton Heath and Miles Platting. It eventually feeds into Shooters Brook.

Moston Brook ๐Ÿ“

Moston Brook passes near to the location of Moston Cottage, and eventually feeds the River Irk. You can see an exploration of Moston Brookโ€™s culverts on substormflow, 28dayslater, urbexforums and Derelict Places.

Rough Leech Gutter ๐Ÿ“

Plotted from the 1845 Ordnance Survey six-inch map, and written about on Andrew Simpsonโ€™s Chorlton History blog.

Mersey Merseyway culvert ๐Ÿ“

This culvert takes the newly formed River Mersey under Stockportโ€™s Merseyway Shopping Centre. See photos from the Tunnel Inspector.