- River Irk
river_name = River Irk
River Irwell, Manchester
watershed =The River Irk is a
riverin Greater Manchesterin North West Englandthat flows through the northern suburbs of Manchesterbefore merging with the River Irwellin Manchester City Centre.
Rising to the east of
Royton, north of Oldhamand running west past Chadderton(where it passes under the Rochdale Canal) and Middleton, its course has been extensively altered as the Industrial Revolutiontook its toll on the region's landscape; the Irk has been labelled 'the lost river of Manchester'.Fact|date=June 2008
Historically, the Irk has also been known as the Iwrck or the Irke, names thought to have been derived from the Roebuck, suggesting that the Irk was at one time a swift-running river, [cite web |title=History of the valley |publisher=The Irk Valley Project |url=http://www.irkvalley.info/about.html |accessdate=2007-12-12] but by the start of the 20th century the Irk Valley between
Crumpsalland Blackleyhad been left a neglected river, "not only the blackest but the most sluggish of all rivers". Recently a project has been set up to rejuvenate the river and remove the pollution.
Marxistwriter Engels vividly describes the banks of the Irk in Manchesterat the height of the city's industrial excess:
The river has long since been culverted as it reaches the city centre. The murky brook disappears beneath
Manchester Victoria railway stationinto a cavernous brick tunnel at Ducie Bridge and empties unceremoniously into the Irwell beneath a railway viaduct.
August 15 1953the front coach of a Manchesterto Buryelectric train fell from the viaduct over the River Irk after colliding with a local steam train. Ten people were killed and 58 injured in what became known as the Irk Valley Junction disaster. [cite web |title=Irk Valley Junction 1953 |publisher=Danger Ahead! – Historic Railway Disasters |url=http://danger-ahead.railfan.net/gallery/irk_valley.html |accessdate=2007-12-12]
Boggart Hole Brook
* [http://www.silentuk.com/writeups/prime.html Buried River Irk Photos]
* [http://www.irkvalley.info/ The Irk Valley Project]
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