Landmark work on Bridgewater Canal is praised

A PROJECT to restore one of Greater Manchester’s iconic Industrial Revolution landmarks has received a top award.

Work has been ongoing to improve Worsley Delph as part of a £5.5m rejuvenation scheme for the Bridgewater Canal.

The location played a pivotal role in the creation of the Bridgewater Canal in 1761.

And as part of works backed by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Salford City Council, Bridgewater Canal Company and others, efforts have been ongoing to improve access to the site.

And now contractors Casey have been presented with a British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) National Landscape Award for regeneration.

Cllr Mike McCusker, Salford’s planning cabinet member, said: "This is a huge honour and achievement for everyone involved in the project and they should all be very proud.

“The Delph was a gateway to a network of coal mines and the challenges of draining the mines and getting coal to fast growing markets prompted The Duke of Bridgewater to create England’s first true canal.”

New information boards and artworks have been installed along the way.

And the works also uncovered historic mining boats, previously unrecorded tunnels, quays and a metal unloading winch.

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