Stretford Reach - Stretford, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 26.735 W 002° 18.321
30U E 546136 N 5922063
Quick Description: This 25 feet high sculpture was erected in 2004 to mark an entrance point to the Bridgewater Canal Towpath.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 12/6/2014 2:23:38 PM
Waymark Code: WMN1BT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
Views: 1

Long Description:
"The Bridgewater Canal connects Runcorn, Manchester and Leigh, in North West England. It was commissioned by Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater, to transport coal from his mines in Worsley to Manchester. It was opened in 1761 from Worsley to Manchester, and later extended from Manchester to Runcorn, and then from Worsley to Leigh.

Often considered to be the first "true" canal in England, as it relied upon existing watercourses as sources of water rather than as navigable routes. Navigable throughout its history, it is one of the few canals in Britain not to have been nationalised, and remains privately owned. Pleasure craft now use the canal which forms part of the Cheshire Ring network of canals." link

Stretford is a few miles south of Manchester and is on the Manchester to Runcorn part of the canal.

No only has canal become popular with leisure boaters local authorities are keen to promote the use of the towpath for cyclists and walkers. When improvement works were carried out to give easier disabled and cycle access to the canal at Edge Lane this sculpture was erected to mark the spot.

The road crosses the canal at quite a high level and this sculpture had to be tall to be visible from the road.

The main support of the sculpture represents the canal in the form of flowing water. At the top of the sculpture is a roundel with a canal boat and a fish.

Since industry has declined along the canal the quality of the water in the canal has improved and fish stock increased.

There is a small plaque at the base of the sculpture.
'Stretford Reach'


Pail Bearman and Stephen Hitchin
Stretford Town Centre Partnership

Title of Piece: Stretford Reach

Artist: Paul Bearman and Stephen Hitchin

Material/Media: Metal

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Access point to canal towpath at Edge Lane bridge.

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

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