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Deep beneath the Great Northern Warehouse the remains of the Manchester and Salford Canal Tunnel lie retired and unused.  Completed in 1839 the tunnel that linked the Mersey and Irwell rivers to the Rochdale Canal proved a costly, complex project that was never a commercial success. 

Hit by unfavourable weather conditions during construction, unreliable machinery and ferocious competition from rival canal owners, the final nail in the coffin came when Manchester became the centre of the Victorian railway revolution, rendering much of the canal network redundant.

Reality Hack/Hidden Manchester for URBIS gallery by Andrew Brooks

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