|Looking across to Manchester, May 2014|
He recently was out on the old Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal in Salford just on the border with Manchester and in sending me some fine pictures offered up a sort of challenge.
“Don't know what you know about this abandoned area just east of Water Street and over Princes Bridge which Cathy had discovered and dragged me round” and that was enough for me.
|The Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal in 1830|
A feeder canal known as Fletchers Canal linked Wet Earth Colliery in Clifton, now Clifton Country Park to the canal.
Traffic continued along the canal in Salford until 1950 and it was closed in 1961.
British Waterways Board owns half the length, and about 40% of the total canal is still in water.”*
|The Salford end of the Canal in 1849|
All of which is a work in progress and as ever I am keen to hear stories and receive photographs of the canal when it was still a working water way.
Originally planned as a canal for narrow boats the company adapted the waterway for wider boats when it was decided to connect with the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
The docks at Salford date from 1808 and linked the canal to the River Irwell.
|At the Canal in 2014|
In the meantime I will return to Andy’s pictures which provide fine views Manchester in the distance with a hint of what once was there.
Pictures; from the collection of Andy Robertson, detail from Bradford’s
The Inland Navigation of England and Wales, 1830 and the Salford end of Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal from the 1849 OS for Manchester & Salford, courtesy of Digital Archives Association, http://www.digitalarchives.co.uk/
*THE RESTORATION OF THE MANCHESTER, BOLTON AND BURY CANAL IN SALFORD – PROGRESS UPDATE, REPORT OF STRATEGIC DIRECTOR FOR SUSTAINABLE REGENERATION
Policy CH7 of the City of Salford Unitary Development Plan