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The Arrival of the Manchester Ship Canal

A historic meeting in 1882 marked the start of a determined campaign for the construction of the Manchester Ship Canal which was to mostly follow the routes of the Mersey and Irwell, therefore running alongside the Estate. The fourth Sir Humphrey de Trafford was a staunch opponent of the proposed Canal. His representatives claimed that the new waterway would effect the boundary of the Park and bring with it major pollution problems. Sir Humphrey's objections resulted in him securing several special conditions from the Manchester Ship Canal Company, including replacement land for that lost, the construction of two wharves for his own use and most importantly the building of a slope to the side of the new Canal, behind which the Canal Company would build a wall to protect his estate.

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Trafford Park boundary wall seen from the Manchester Ship Canal - possibly the original wall demanded by Sir Humphrey de Trafford

Trafford Park boundary wall seen from the Manchester Ship Canal - possibly the original wall demanded by Sir Humphrey de Trafford
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