Water transport in the Industrial Age: Commodities and carriers on the Rochdale Canal, 1804-1855

Maw, Pete, Wyke, Terry and Kidd, Alan (2009) Water transport in the Industrial Age: Commodities and carriers on the Rochdale Canal, 1804-1855. Journal of Transport History, 30 (2). pp. 200-228. ISSN 0022-5266

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.7227/TJTH.30.2.6


Manchester was a major centre of transport innovation in industrial Britain. Research has focused on the pioneer transport links with Liverpool, neglecting the town's extensive eastern canal network. This article analyses the commodities conveyed from 1800 to 1855 on the Rochdale Canal, the most heavily trafficked of the town's eastern waterways. It highlights the canal's importance in carrying corn to feed Lancashire's industrial work force as well as its role in transporting cotton textiles to east-coast ports and in supplying Manchester with building materials. The article also analyses the types of firm carrying goods on the canal and assesses the canal's importance in relation to Manchester's other major water routes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: canals, industrial revolution, Rochdale canal, Manchester, commodity trade, carriers
Subjects: V100 History by period
V200 History by area
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 10 May 2012 10:58
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:12
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6923

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