Delph 2019

Worsley Delph is a place of huge historic significance and many of its features date back to the 18th century. Work is now underway to sensitively improve the appearance of the site at basin level. A new multi-level viewing platform will create enhanced public access and views across the Delph. Striking and distinctive interpretation features will help ensure that the Delph’s rich history and its role in the Industrial Revolution are fully revealed to local residents and visitors. 

Following a series of public information days in September 2017, the plans for Worsley Delph were finalised and submitted for planning permission in January 2018. You can download a copy of the display boards from the information days below. 

    Work at the Delph started on site in summer 2018 and is due to be all finished by late 2019. Some of the improvement work is already complete, with more to follow.  

    • De-silting works within the Delph basin area were completed at the end of last year. A partially submerged boat near the western cliff face has been lifted and moved just to the south of the Delph island so that it will be more visible from the viewing platform. Another mine maintenance boat was discovered buried in the silt in the south-western basin during de-silting works. Due to its fragile condition, and the fact that it is thought to date back to the 1940s, archaeology advisers agreed that it is best to leave the boat in situ buried in the silt.
    • Island works – the island within the basin has been re-paved and pointed in its entirety. Feature lighting will be installed, the sluice gate restored and a striking interpretive crane feature to highlight the site's industrial past will be installed.
    • Worsley Road bridge - the bridge stonework has been repaired, cleaned and re-pointed, the parapets repainted and vegetation removed.
    • Nailmakers basin works – sandstone paving has been installed within the Nailmakers basin, and seating and interpretive paving has also been installed. Further works will take place around the area leading to Alphabet Bridge. The bridge itself will be replaced.  
    • New viewing platform - there will be improved views of the Delph from a new multi-level viewing area accessed from School Brow. The first section of viewing platform is currently being constructed, with the rest of the platform to follow. There will be a series of specially designed features within the viewing area that will tell the story of Worsley Delph's unique history. Fabrication of these interpretive features has just started and they're due to be installed in June 2019. They'll also be joined by the (newly restored) winch which was discovered on site during the initial construction works last year.  

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    These exciting improvements are part of the final phase of the Heritage Lottery Fund supported improvement works along the Bridgewater Canal in Salford. To date this has resulted in over £1.75 million being spent on physical improvements including:

    • the upgrade to the towpath from Worsley to Boothstown 
    • the upgrade and widening of the towpath at Barton
    • distinctive new features including the Monton horse, Barton navvie and the Worsley ducks 
    • improvement works to Barton Aqueduct Pocket Park and Duke’s Drive country park
    • conservation and lighting of James Brindley’s 1761 stone aqueduct at Barton
    • new wayfinding signs and seating along the canal
    • and conservation works to Worsley Green Monument and James Nasmyth’s Steam Hammer (at Patricroft)

    Delph 2019