Category Archives: General

Tuesday 6th August 2013.

Built around 1850, the massive oopart of Elton Reservoir still collects water that’s run-off to feed, locally, the Bury to Bolton arm of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal. Canals lost trade to the railways and nearby the old railway … Continue reading

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Monday 5th August 2013.

A bike-ride to the Meccano Bridge, the other evening, with a photo-stop at Ye Olde Steam Crane at Mount Sion along the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal. The crane is a well-known local ‘oopart’ and, also well out of place … Continue reading

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Wednesday 17th July 2013.

An interesting oopart lies alongside the Archimedes Screw built at Warth on the Radcliffe/Bury Border. The Screw itself is about ten metres long – perhaps a bit more – but the wooden beam, beside it, matches that length easily. The … Continue reading

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Friday 14th June 2013.

Along Ainsworth Road, Radcliffe, an iron section is between two old, stone walls. To the right but unseen, an unusually shaped building – like a house – has, over the doorway, the inscription carved in stone: ‘Reading Room’. The iron … Continue reading

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Friday 7th June 2013.

An old but still very solid tunnel/bridge supported, quite easily, the heavyweight steam-trains of yesteryear. It still supports, with ease, the lightweight Metrolink trams that ply between Bury and Manchester regularly, daily. But, where is it?

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Saturday 1st June 2013.

Old maps and diagrams, seen on the ‘net, of the Ladyshore Colliery around Little Lever along the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal, show a ‘basin’ or channel running off the main canal cut into old colliery pit workings on the … Continue reading

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Sunday 12th May 2013.

These were, at one time, very famous gates. Now, behind them, is a wasteland.

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Wednesday 10th April 2013.

Another Style spotted and this one too seems to be fairly ‘modern’.

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Tuesday April 9th 2013.

There are quite a few fence-styles along the tow-paths of Radcliffe and Bury, but folk rarely bother about them. Most, locally, will be quite ‘modern’ but there may be an ‘old original’ somewhere.

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Monday 1st April 2013.

Went to Little Lever yesterday via the Radcliffe Canal. From there carried on as far as possible toward Bolton. On the way passed these random megaliths by the canal. At one time they would have done something but the ‘decorated’ … Continue reading

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