Big Humpty & Medlock Culvert, Manchester – Sept 2013

Author tch0rt - Last updated: 26.01.2014

For the first time in a long while I was able to take my break in Manchester and as I was just on top of it I nipped down to Big Humpty and the Medlock Culvert.

Big Humpty is a victorian brick culvert and to be honest that’s pretty much all there is to it, the culvert section is relatively short but it’s worth going through if you’re heading to the Medlock culvert.

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Medlock Culvert

The Medlock Culvert was built to re-direct the Medlock River in Manchester, after a series of floods, the worst being in 1872 where the flooding was so bad it literally tore bodies out of graves in the nearby cemetery, sending around 76 corpses floating away.

The culvert is constructed of various stone and brickwork, and incorporates street drainage and a water drain off for the nearby Rochdale Canal. The culvert starts in Phillips Park.

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