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Penthouse at 500m on a 47 storey tower? Hope the aircraft warning lights are bright!
The Bridgewater canal "arguably" Britain's first?

here's one that was re-opened 16 years before the Bridgewater - having been originally been built 1,600 years earlier.
I think the tallest residential building in the UK is the Vauxhall Tower (St Georges Wharf) at 50 storeys. So 3 floors more than Manchester's Beetham Tower.

Vauxhall tower will not hold the record for much longer as by 2018 two new towers will be built next to Vauxhall Tower, residential and 58 floors.
What a fussy lot of readers! Another fascinating account.
"the penthouse, over 500m up".....
Do you mean 500ft and not 500m.
500m puts the Beetham Tower taller than the Empire State building!.
This brings back memories of a narrow boat trip on the Rochdale Canal in the 1970s. At the time, the canal was privately owned and it seems the owner was trying to get it closed to navigation in order, presumably, to realise its prime central Manchester real estate value. The canal was badly maintained, full of rubbish, and water levels were very low. We gave up using the engine because of the plastic bags and bits of rope that instantly wound themselves around the propeller shaft, and man-hauled the boat for a mile through the city centre. It took all day. I remember the surreal experience of emerging from the hidden canal where the towpath ends, dirty and dishevelled and with windlass in hand, into bustling Manchester Piccadilly which was busy with smartly-dressed commuters.
Ah yes, 500 feet not 500 metres, sorry. And fixed, thanks.
And this is still the same day? What time did you start, 4am?
The Way Navigation in Surrey opened in 1653, so whoever is arguing for the primacy of the Manchester canal hasn't done their homework.
I bet if you went round Manchester, the number of people who have walked the canal would be minimal!

I really must do it.
As DG probably knows, his local river, the Lea was first actively managed for navigation in 1577, when a lock was built at Waltham Abbey. However, like the Wey, this was adaptation of an existing watercourse rather than a completely new cut like the Fossdyke or the Bridgewater.
600 Acres! Pah, Britain's second city has a 2,400 acre park in Sutton Park. But apart from the provincial feuding, thanks for giving lots of places to investigate when I next take the train north for the day.
"Britain's second city has a 2,400 acre park "

England's second city, maybe.
I said what I meant and I meant what I said.
Some days, rather than spending hours writing a post, I should just post a couple of spurious 'facts' and leave you to bicker over them.

Or simply not include any spurious facts in the first place, obv :)
Went through that scary 'chamber' section on a narrow boat a couple of years ago. A similar experience but less easy to speed away when you are waiting to get through the lock.
Davleed - I seem to recall thst the Rochale Canal's owners back in the 70s simultaneously milked their position for all it was worth by charging extortionate navigation fees from anyone wanting to use the short length then open to get across Manchester by boat.
Heaton Park, with trams, served by trams - and bendy buses!
There can't be many such parks!
You should be careful wandering round the canals of Manchester. There's a Pusher about

(Also you'll get a reputation)

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