Manchester - Rochdale Canal Lock 83 virtual open day

Despite the challenging weather, our specialist engineering teams working in the North West have made amazing progress over the last few months.

As part of the four-month winter works programme, the Trust’s expert engineering teams are replacing worn-out lock gates, dredging waterways and carrying out a host of tasks to keep the 200-year old network in good working order.

Work has included major projects on the Ashton, Huddersfield Narrow, Lancaster, Leeds & Liverpool, Rochdale and Shropshire Union canals, River Weaver Navigation, plus the Ribble Link, near Preston.

Take an in-depth look at the lock gate repair work in Manchester at Brownsfield Lock 83 on the Rochdale Canal.

Click on our 360 degree interactive picture to find out more about the Lock 83 project and the fascinating history of Ancoats, the regenerated heart of the old cotton industry. Click on the links to enjoy ten short films, including a new poem “Love the Rochdale Canal” by Lynn Pegler.

The project videos

Love the Rochdale Canal

A celebratory poem.

Canals in Manchester

Find out what's going on in Manchester with our virtual open days.

The Works at Lock 83

Join our construction manager, Mark Wigley, as he explains the extraordinary work that is being conducted at Lock 83.

The Tailgates

Find out how tailgates work and how they have been restored at lock 83.

The Manchester Team

Meet the wonderful, hard-working team who look after the canals in Manchester. 

The Importance of Volunteers

Learn more about our volunteers and the brilliant work they do for the Trust.

The Heritage of the Rochdale Canal

Find out about our work to maintain our rich heritage on the Rochdale Canal.

Features of Lock 83

Join Mark, as he shows us some of the main features of Lock 83.

Stone Mason's Marks

Lock Gate Removal

Join James, as he shows us the process of gate refurbishments at Lock 83.

Last date edited: 19 February 2021