A barge teeters perilously on the edge of a sheer drop following a major canal catastrophe in 1936.

The Bolton News: Aftermath of canal bursting its banks, 1936

In July that year, the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal burst its banks near Nob End.

Thousands of tons of earth, rock and debris poured down the hillside blocked the River Irwell below which back up and flooded Creams Mill.

The canal emptied for the whole of its length between Bolton and Bury as millions of gallons were ‘lost’.

This photo shows on the coal barges from Ladyshore Colliery which had been swept along by the water and left hanging on the edge where the canal had burst its banks.