Excavating Manchester Dock & Chester Basin?
The Canal Link actually runs through the in-filled Chester Basin and Manchester Dock, north of the Canning Graving Docks. The basin and dock are still there underground complete with granite quays. Common sense would dictate fully excavating the basin and if possible the adjacent Manchester Dock too, which had a river lock. The location of the lock position is visible from the river wall at the Canning Dock. Archaeologists are to dig out much of the dock and basin. Leaving the water spaces uncovered and refilled with water would be the most appropriate action. These docks are over 220 years old. The canal could run right through Chester Basin giving berths for canal boats and adding to the charm of the Pier Head.
Any sensible developer would want to reinstate these small historic water spaces, as they would add value to their projects and gain public acceptability.
Below: Manchester Dock and Chester Basin are to the south west of the Dock Board Office at the Pier Head.
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