Article ID: CBB001320062

Canals, Rivers, and the Industrial City: Manchester's Industrial Waterfront, 1790---1850 (2012)


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.

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Authors & Contributors
Morrison-Low, A. D.
Morrison-Low, Alison D.
Walton, Steven A.
Cohen, H. Floris
Lafuente, Antonio
Saraiva, Tiago
Research in the History of Technology
Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften
International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology
Journal of Global History
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Environmental History
Cambridge University Press
Doce Calles
Manchester University Press
Northeastern University
Industrial revolution
Steam engines; steam turbines
Water power
Power technology
Mills and milling
Watt, James
Newcomen, Thomas
Clark, William Tierney
Vedeneev, Boris Evgenʹevich
Watt, James, Jr.
Time Periods
19th century
18th century
17th century
20th century, early
20th century
Great Britain
Birmingham (England)
Manchester (England)

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