By the late nineteenth century, charges imposed on Manchester
companies for the use of Liverpool's docks and the connecting
railway had created an atmosphere of resentment within the business
community. The Manchester Ship Canal was to play a major part in
the city's regeneration following the depression of the 1870s, but
it took a lengthy battle for the scheme to gain the backing of
Parliament and for construction to begin in 1887. In this
two-volume work of 1907, Sir Bosdin Leech (1836 1912) traces the
canal's conception, planning and construction. Volume 1 discusses
the historical and economic factors that led to the creation of the
waterway, as well as the bitter political fight to make it a
reality. The work includes a large amount of illustrative content,
enhancing the light shed on the landscape and notable personalities
of Manchester at that time."
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