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Barton Swing Aqueduct
A 235 foot long engineering masterpiece, built to carry the Bridgewater Canal over the Manchester Ship Canal. The aqueduct pivots on an island in the middle of the ship canal and swings full of water, 800 tons of it. One of the engineering feats of the waterway world it attracts navigational enthusiasts from all around the world.
Built between 1893 and 1894 to replace Brindley's 3 arch aqueduct of 1761. The bridge compirsing an iron trough 18 feet wide, 7 feet deep and 235ft long full of water on roller bearings is driven by hydraulic machinery, supplied by electrically driven pumps. The bridge swings twice daily - more if a ship needs to pass, the aqueduct has to be swung slowly in order to prevent the water moving to the extent of upsetting its equilibrium. A viewing platform at the rear of Chapel Place affords a good view of the bridge. Please note that the site is currently in poor condition and take suitable care. Parking is available across the road on Barton Road, the road is extremely busy please take care when crossing. The nearby Barton Road swing bridge is of a similar design and controlled from the same tower.
All Saints church built between 1867 and 1868 is visible from Redclyffe Road. Designed by Pugin and considered to be his chief work this Grade I listed the church is an unspoiled example of Victorian Catholic Church architecture in the Gothic style. Pevsner called it 'Pugin's masterwork'. The church is now owned by the Greyfriars and not currently open to visit. The graveyard for the Church is located on the opposite side of the ship canal.
The Graveyard behind the church belonged to the now demolished St Catherine's Church and is sadly owergrown, it contains several war graves as well as the grave and memorial of Marshall Stevens the first managing director of Trafford Park.