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    Please find attached images of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal system, includes images posted in other parts of the forum:

    • 1794. The map is in two parts. The shows route out of Leeds, the bottom route into Liverpool.

    • 1958. Photo shows barges (loaded with coal?) tied up on the canal towpath. There are overhead power cables following the line of the canal.

    • approaching-wellington-dock-1965. Photo shows two barges tied together. There is a family group on them (father steering on one and mother and two children on the other).

    • Athol-Street-C1900

    • Barges-in-Chisenhale-Street 1935. A photograph of refuse being tipped on to barges on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Two S.D. bin freighter motor wagons are parked on the far side of the canal. The sides of the wagons are open and dustmen are transferring the refuse from the metal bins on to a barge on the canal.

    • canal-bridge-burlington-street-1904. A photograph of the construction work undertaken to enlarge the Burlington Street bridge. The small archway of the original bridge is still there, but the ground above it has been raised, and pipes can be seen running along the ground.

    • canal-bridge-burlington-street-1905. A photograph of Burlington Street Bridge over the Leeds- Liverpool canal after rebuilding and strengthening work. Photographed from canal level. The arch of the bridge is broader than that of the previous bridge. On the right hand bank of the canal there is a large pile of timber. What appears to be a sign of some description is attached to the right hand side of the bridge. A number of men line the bridge and are looking towards the photographer. On the left behind the bridge is a large mill building. There is a sign on the main gable of the mill which reads 'Oil Mill, Established 1804, Removed 1873'.

    • Charters-Street-Warf-1906. Photo shows barges and goods being loaded + carts in the background.

    • Chisenhale-Street-Bridge-1802. Chisenhale Street Bridge and Mill in 1802. The bridge was still standing in 1906.

    • illustrates-its-decline-1982. Photo illustrates the decline of the canal. There is no traffic on it and canal side factories (Fairrie & Co and Tate & Lyle) are being demolished.

    • Old-Burlington-Street-Bridge-Being-Demolished-2_9_1904. The photo shows the old Burlington Street bridge being demolished.

    • two-girls-on-the-towpath-1958. Photo shows two girls on the
      towpath + overhead power cables in background.

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    Excellent stuff, Kev.

    I used to think the power cable things were really cool when I was growing up and loved going past tate and lyle's on the train into town. I think that's coz I used to go to pizzaland with me mum and eat the sugar cubes

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    Love the windmill picture.
    Gididi Gididi Goo.

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    Boundary St bridge

    Boundry St stetch of canal

    Quite a few one legged geese on the canal

    The Leigh bridge section

    Leigh bridge with Boundary St bridge in view
    Taken on a stroll from Sandhills to the Stanley Locks on saturday

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    Barking up the wrong tree


    Worked on the new YMCA in Leeds St.Digging out for a drain conection we came across what looked like concrete foundations for the cranes that unloaded the coal barges.
    Photo 1, is of the old drain that went under the canal 10.5 m. below ground.
    Photo 2,the gray fuel bowser is about where the edge of the wharf would have been.The the cars would have been in the canal.

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    Great pictures guys. Love 'em. Nice one.

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