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HRS 1138 Manchester, Salford Junction Canal, First view of hidden tunnel

The Manchester, Salford Junction Canal was opened in 1839 as a way of allowing coal traffic from the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal access to the canal network via the Rochdale Canal. The canal with its long tunnel under Manchester's street was built to avoid carting goods across Manchester to the Rochdale Canal. Later a link canal was opened at Hulme and the remarkable MSJc canal became a white elephant. In 1976 a brick was forced out of a wall beneath Manchester Central Station. PHOTO: A camera and flashgun was pushed inside and the interior of the tunnel was revealed for the first time since the end of the Second World War. The towpath (rt) is clearly visible, as well as various fitments left behind from its days as an air-raid shelter.
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Keywords:WW2, air-raids, exploration, manchester, salford junction canal, second world war, shelters, tunnels, victorians, world war two

HRS 1138 Manchester, Salford Junction Canal, First view of hidden tunnel