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Heritage stories

Heritage stories

This stretch of the Bridgewater Canal takes in Boothstown, Worsley, Monton, Patricroft and Barton. All along the canal there are stories to tell, from 1761 right up to the present day.

Discover the origins of the canal, the Duke of Bridgewater and James Brindley. Read about the impact of the Industrial Revolution and Queen Victoria’s visit. And then come right back up to date with stories from people living and working in the area today…

Door-to-Door Poetry: Barton and Worsley

Adventures in poetry in unexpected places. Find out what happened when the world's first Door-to-Door Poet knocked on strangers' doors along the world's first true canal and asked them "What does the Bridgewater Canal mean to you?"

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History of the Bridgewater Canal

A walk along the banks of the Bridgewater Canal is a journey to the past and a glimpse into the future. Every stretch of the waterway has a story to tell us about human ingenuity, endurance and events that shaped both Salford and the world.

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The Orange Canal

The Bridgewater Canal is famous for its orange colour. The colouration gets stronger as you approach Worsley and every passing boat is followed by a swirl of orange as the sediment at the bottom of the canal is stirred up. The colour has been compared to a good strong cup of builder's tea. 

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Barton Bridges

Barton has a long association with crossing points. From James Brindley's amazing stone aqueduct of 1761 to the unique feats of engineering heritage that stand there today - Barton Swing Aqueduct and Swing Bridge

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Worsley Steam Tug

Local resident Norman Scott has always been fascinated by the history of the area.  His attention was drawn to the Bridgewater Canal and its early days. He read about experiments with a steam powered tug developed for the Duke of Bridgewater.  Armed with a few references and drawings he decided to create a model to see how it would have looked.

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Remembering John Gilbert

John Gilbert was the estate manager for the Duke of Bridgewater in the Worsley area, he oversaw the construction of the vast underground and surface canal system which enabled coal from the Worsley mines to be transported to the growing centres of Salford and Manchester. 

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The Barton Swing Aqueduct Model

A working model of the famous Barton Swing Aqueduct was created for the Bridgewater Weekender, the annual celebration of the opening of the canal.  It was used for family-friendly workshops where a replica of  the original stone aqueduct was also created in LEGO.

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Mapping Memories

The Salford stretch of the Bridgewater Canal has more than its fair share of stories to tell. From its history, intrinsically linked to the Industrial Revolution, to the recollections, personal accounts and tall tales of the people who live and work in the area. 

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Memories of a Boothstown childhood

A mill chimney, the coal mine, dark damp terraced houses, the coal man, the mobile greengrocer... Local resident Elaine Marchment recalls Boothstown as a small village where everyone knew your name. 

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Worsley New Hall

Worsley New Hall was an immense structure designed by architect Edward Blore in the Gothic style. It was completed in 1846 and was the home of the first Earl of Ellesmere. Its most distinguished guest was Queen Victoria who stayed at the hall twice.

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The story of Boothstown

The Bridgewater Canal arrived In Boothstown in 1795 but the area's origins reach back to Roman times and beyond.    

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Heritage Flow

A heritage inspired animation by young people on the Bridgewater Canal in Salford. 

 

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