Virtual Journey along the Rochdale Canal - Rochdale Nine (2)

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Lock 86, Rochdale Nine
Looking westwards from Minshull Street to Lock 86 and Canal Street, with a building on Chorlton Street straddling the canal. A landing pontoon has been installed on the left to make navigation easier.
Lock 86, Rochdale Nine
Looking back towards Minshull Street bridge from Lock 86 (Chorlton Street Lock).
Lock 86, Rochdale Nine
Stone step block which has been the lock-wheeler's traditional means of access to and from the lock from the street for many years.
Lock 86, Rochdale Nine
Looking eastwards at Lock 86, showing the windlass-operated chain mechanism for opening the bottom gate, due to the restricted space for a balance beam.
Lock Keeper's House, Rochdale Nine
The Lock Keeper's house at Lock 86 is built on a bridge over the canal, fronting onto Chorlton Street. The lock is down behind the house. The upper section of Canal Street is to the left.
Canal Street, Rochdale Nine
Looking westwards from Chorlton Street with Canal Street on the right, in the area known as Manchester's "Gay Village".
Canal Street, Rochdale Nine
The view of the water from the street is now restricted by the steel and glass fence erected to stop drinkers toppling into the water.

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