SJ7496 : Wharf and Sludge Hoppers at Davyhulme Wastewater Treatment Works

taken 5 years ago, near to Barton Moss, Salford, Great Britain

Wharf and Sludge Hoppers at Davyhulme Wastewater Treatment Works
Wharf and Sludge Hoppers at Davyhulme Wastewater Treatment Works
The wharf and sludge hoppers were part of the Davyhulme Wastewater Treatment Works which operated alongside the Manchester Ship Canal from 1894. The area is now part of the Davyhulme Millennium Nature Reserve which was opened in 1999. It now provides a mixed landscape of wetland, woods, water features and open land and is a designated Site of Biological Importance.
The Manchester Ship Canal

The Manchester Ship Canal, which took six years to build and was opened in 1894, is a 36-mile-long inland waterway linking Manchester to the Irish Sea at Liverpool. It generally follows the original routes of the rivers Mersey and Irwell through the historic counties of Cheshire and Lancashire. Several sets of locks lift vessels about 60 feet up to the Manchester Docks (now Salford Quays), where the canal's terminus was built.

When the ship canal opened in January 1894 it was the largest river navigation canal in the world, and enabled the newly created Port of Manchester to become Britain's third busiest port despite the city being about 40 miles inland. Since its opening, the canal handled a wide range of ships and cargoes, from coastal vessels to intra-European shipping and inter-continental cargo liners; Manchester Liners established regular sailings by large ocean-going vessels.

The amount of freight carried by the canal peaked in 1958 at 18 million long tons but changes to shipping methods and the growth of containerisation during the 1970s and 1980s caused traffic to decline, resulting in the closure of the docks at Salford in 1984. Although able to accommodate a range of vessels from coastal ships to inter-continental cargo liners, the canal is no longer large enough for most modern vessels.

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 11 May, 2016   (more nearby)
Monday, 16 May, 2016
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe  Water resources  Waste, Waste management  Canals 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 745 963 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:27.7802N 2:23.0968W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 745 964
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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Manchester Ship Canal  Wastewater Treatment Works  Sludge Hoppers  Basin  Nature Reserve  Site of Biological Importance  Wharves 

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