River Medlock

River Medlock

The River Medlock is a river of Greater Manchester in north west England that flows for 10 miles before joining the River Irwell in central Manchester.Infobox River
river_name = River Medlock

caption = River Medlock running under Oxford Road, Manchester
origin = Pennines
mouth = River Irwell
basin_countries = England
length =
elevation =
mouth_elevation =
discharge =
watershed =


Rising in the hills that surround Strinesdale just to the east of Oldham it flows through the steep-sided wooded gorge that separates Lees from Ashton-under-Lyne and the Daisy Nook Country Park with its 19th century aqueduct carrying the disused Hollinwood Branch Canal over the shallow river. Along its course, the valley provides a welcome respite from the urban sprawl of the east Manchester suburbs, and is perennially popular with locals.

Lower Reaches

The final miles of the river's flow to the River Irwell have been extensively modified. The river is culverted underneath the car park of the City of Manchester Stadium (the site of a former gasworks), beneath the former UMIST campus (London Road to Princess Street), and again at Hulme Street, appearing briefly at Gloucester Street before flowing under the former gasworks at Gaythorn, reappearing at City Road East. At Deansgate (Old Chester Road) the river meets the Bridgewater Canal head on, where a sluice gate (a listed structure) allowed water to feed the canal, until the water quality of the Medlock became too polluted for canal use. Normally the level of the river is several feet below the level of the canal, and the river is carried in a tunnel under the Castlefield canal basin, reappearing at Potato Wharf, where it is supplemented by excess canal water draining into a circular weir. When the river is in spate the tunnel cannot cope and river water enters the canal, flows across the basin, and exits via the weir and manually operated gates. A quarter of a mile further on the Medlock enters the Irwell adjacent to the bottom gate of the disused Hulme Lock.


In the latter part of the 18th century the river was navigable at least between the Bridgewater Canal (at Deansgate) and India House (on Whitworth Street). At India House was the entrance to a tunnel used to carry coal to a wharf at Store Street (by Piccadilly station)Geoffrey Ashworth, "The Lost Rivers of Manchester", Willow Publishing, Altrincham, 1987, ISBN 0-946361-12-6.] . The tunnel mouth is still visible. The tunnel was rendered obsolete by silting of the river and the construction of the Rochdale Canal.

Notable Features

The area just south of Oxford Road station enclosed by the railway line and the loop in the river was known as Little Ireland, and was discussed by Friedrich EngelsFriedrich Engels, "Condition of the Working Class in England", 1845 (multiple publishers; [http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1845/condition-working-class/ online edition] ).] .


*Thornley Brook
*Taunton Brook
*Lumb Clough Brook
*Lords Brook


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • River Medlock — an der Oxford Road in ManchesterVorlage:Infobox Fluss/KARTE fehlt Daten …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Medlock — may refer to: People Alec Medlock (born 1990), actor Calvin Medlock (born 1982), Major League Baseball relief pitcher Justin Medlock (born 1983), American football placekicker Mark Medlock (born 1978), German singer Other 19704 Medlock, an outer… …   Wikipedia

  • River Irwell — Geobox|River name = River Irwell native name = other name = other name1 = image size = image caption = The River Irwell at Salford, looking towards Manchester City Centre etymology = country = England country1 = state = state1 = region = region1 …   Wikipedia

  • River Tib — The River Tib is a minor tributary of the River Medlock, in Greater Manchester, England. It has been culverted along its entire length since probably about 1820, [Harvnb|Cooper|2003|p=120.] and now runs beneath Manchester city centre. Tib Street… …   Wikipedia

  • River Mersey — Mersey redirects here. For other meanings, see Mersey (disambiguation). River Mersey River …   Wikipedia

  • River Croal — Coordinates: 53°33′0″N 2°22′57″W / 53.55°N 2.3825°W / 53.55; 2.3825 …   Wikipedia

  • Chorlton-on-Medlock — Not to be confused with Chorlton cum Hardy. Coordinates: 53°28′00″N 2°13′00″W / 53.466667°N 2.216667°W / 53.466667; 2.21 …   Wikipedia

  • Chorlton-on-Medlock — 53.46883 2.225679 Koordinaten: 53° 28′ N, 2° 14′ W …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Chattahoochee River — Coordinates: 30°42′32″N 84°51′50″W / 30.70889°N 84.86389°W / 30.70889; 84.86389 …   Wikipedia

  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area — IUCN Category V (Protected Landscape/Seascape) …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.