A certificate was presented to representatives of the Canal & River Trust at Wigan Pier, which marks the start of the famous Wigan Flight of 21 locks, one of the canal's most important features.
The Leeds and Liverpool Canal was selected to receive a Heritage Award to help mark the 200th anniversary of the 127-mile canal which was completed in 1816. The Canal & River Trust received the award as the custodian of the canal, which is England's longest single man-made waterway.
Darrell Matthews, North West Regional Director, ICE North West, said "Our canals played a vital role in making Britain a major industrial power. The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is a fantastic feat of civil engineering. It was a hugely important infrastructure development which helped shape the future of Wigan and of Northern England – just as the recently-announced HS2, stopping at Wigan, will help regenerate Wigan and connect up the Northern Powerhouse."
Chantelle Seaborn, North West Waterway Manager, Canal & River Trust, said: "The Wigan Flight itself is a remarkable feat of waterway engineering, raising water where it has no natural right to go. Today the flight is enjoyed by walkers, cyclists, runners and anglers, as well as by leisure boaters – a great legacy of the industrial revolution which continues to serve us well in the 21st century."
If you are interested in civil engineering heritage, why not join the ICE North West Historical Engineering Special Interest Group? New members are always welcome.