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Worsley to Salford Quays

30 Sept 11   Another stroll through Manchester's Northern Quarter to Victoria station where I jumped on a train to Walkden, as you do.
 Walked down to Worsley Delph and from there along the Bridgewater Canal back to Salford Quays, with a detour into Trafford Park.  
Another long hot day.

Wall mural, Northern Quarter.

Another part of the same wall mural.

The recently completed Holiday Inn Express, Northern Quarter.

The Church of St. Mark, Worsley.

Worsley Delph.  The Bridgewater Canal was built because of the Duke of Bridgewater's coal mines here at Worsley Delph.
The coal seams ran under the higher ground to the north.  The Duke's land agent, John Gilbert, saw that it was possible to
connect the canal directly to the mines by way of an underground canal.  This in turn could be used to help with draining the
mines, providing a source of water for the canal.  It's hard to believe but there are around 47 miles of underground canals
in the hillside beyond these tunnel entrances, on four different levels, connected by a water powered inclined plane and lifts.
Worsley Delph and Underground Canals on Pennine Waterways.
Worsley Navigable Levels on Wikipedia

The Packet House.  At one time there were passenger boat services to
Manchester and Runcorn and the passengers would queue on the steps to the left.
More info here.

Wood carvings on the Packet House.

The Bridgewater Canal.  The orange colour comes from iron oxide seeping from the mines.

The Monton Lighthouse, a wonderfully eccentric folly built by Phil Austin.
More info and a video at Salford Online

The Barton Swing Aquaduct, which takes the Bridgewater Canal over the Manchester Ship Canal.

The Swing Aqueduct consists of a channel that can be sealed off at each end to form a 235 feet long
and 18 feet wide tank, holding 800 tons of water, that swings round on its pivot.  The aqueduct, which is
the first and only swing aqueduct in the world, is a Grade II* listed building and is considered a major feat
of Victorian civil engineering.  Designed by Sir Edward Leader Williams and built by Andrew Handyside
of Derby, the swing bridge opened in 1894 and remains in regular use.
Barton Swing Aqueduct on Pennine Waterways.

Industrial process stack, Trafford Park.

The Centenary Lift Bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal, Trafford Park.
Designed by Parkman Consulting Engineers and built by AMEC Ltd. it was opened in 1994.  
The bridge consists of four towers which carry a 39.6 m. (130 ft.) span deck to a height of 23 m. (75 ft.).  
The deck, which weighs about 550 tonnes, is carried on cables situated at each corner
with counterbalance weights to assist with the loading.

Allied Mills flour and semolina plant, by the Ship Canal, Trafford Park.

The GoodYear Blimp passes over Trafford Park.

Trafford Park, occupying an area of 4.7 square miles, was the first planned industrial estate in the world
and remains the largest in Europe.  It once had an extensive system of railway sidings servicing the factories
and, although there are still one or two sections in use, most of them have disappeared.  Occasionally
you can find the odd remnant that has somehow managed to avoid getting
removed or buried, and this is one of them.

Trafford Ecology Park.  A quiet oasis in the heart of the industrial estate.

There are some strange creatures in these woods...!

Stone sculpture on the edge of the Ecology Park.

The Lowry Centre, Salford Quays.  Trying to find an 'angle' that I haven't already photographed.

Inside the Lowry Arts Centre.

About to be inside me, inside the Lowry.  By 'eck, I was ready for that....

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