Canals, rivers, and the industrial city: Manchester's industrial waterfront, 1790-1850

Maw, Pete, Wyke, Terry and Kidd, Alan (2011) Canals, rivers, and the industrial city: Manchester's industrial waterfront, 1790-1850. The Economic History Review, 65 (4). pp. 1495-1523. ISSN 0013-0117

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This article presents new data on mill location in Manchester in 1850 to show that water-transport infrastructure played a key role in determining the intra-urban pattern of factory development. The shift from water to steam power introduced new patterns of industrial water use, rather than the relocation of factories away from waterways. Five new public canals and 23 private canal branches activated a major expansion of Manchester's waterfront, providing the majority of the manufacturing sites that enabled the town to become the world's foremost factory centre. Without effective municipal water supplies, canals were the best available water source for steam engines.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
V100 History by period
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2012 09:24
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:37

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