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Manchester Hydraulic Power Co

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Subsidiary of General Hydraulic Power Co

1894 System commissioned, equipped by Ellington's company; it used the higher pressure of 1,120 psi, maintained by six sets of triple-expansion steam engines, rated at 200 hp each. Two accumulators with pistons of 18-inch diameter, a stroke of 23 feet, and loaded with 127 tonnes were installed. The hydraulic station was built on the east side of Gloucester Street, by Oxford Road railway station. It was later supplemented by stations at Water Street and Pott Street.

At its peak in the 1930s, the system consisted of 35 miles of pipes, which were connected to 2,400 machines, most of which were used for baling cotton.

1972 The system was shut down.

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