Francis Egerton, James Brindley, and John Gilbert brushed metal plaque in Worsley

This Plaque, Presented by Worsley Urban District Council, Commemorates the Opening of The Bridgewater Canal from Worsley to Stretford
July 17th 1761 and Records that the Canal was Planned and constructed by Francis Egerton, Third Duke of Bridgewater, John Gilbert, and James Brindley.
July 16th 1961

James Brindley (1716 – 27 September 1772) was an English engineer. He was born in Tunstead, Derbyshire, and lived much of his life in Leek, Staffordshire, becoming one of the most notable engineers of the 18th century.

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Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater (21 May 1736 – 8 March 1803), known as Lord Francis Egerton until 1748, was a British nobleman, the younger son of the 1st Duke. He did not marry, and the Dukedom expired with him, although the Earldom was inherited by a cousin, Lieutenant-General John Egerton.He is famous as the originator of British inland navigation, the commissioner of the Bridgewater Canal—often said to be the first true canal in Britain and the modern world (see below for a qualification)—which was built for him by James Brindley to service his coal mines at Worsley, in Lancashire.

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