Bolton's canals, towpaths and locks to be restored

Members of the Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal Society working party carrying out work at the canal bridge at the end of Boscow Road, Little Lever

Work in progress will clear the canals, towpaths and locks

Looking down on the famous Bingley locks

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

CONSERVATIONISTS have been working to uncover the town’s industrial heritage — and they believe the Bolton and Bury Canal could ultimately match Yorkshire’s famous Bingley Five-Rise Locks.

A party of volunteers have been battling through stormy weather to clear the towpaths and locks of the Bolton and Bury Canal.

The work was carried out as part of an ongoing project to restore the two sets of three locks, off Boscow Road, in Little Lever.

The Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal Society (MBBC) said volunteers made “great progress” over the weekend.

Harry Taylor, publicity officer for the society, said: “We have been working hard to clear the overgrown tow paths so walkers and cyclists can make the most of this canal.

"We have moved onto the area of canal near Nob End where we hopefully clear all of the locks and people can then see the profile of the landscape.”

The MBBC was formed in 1987 and aims to restore the canal through Bolton, Bury and Salford to join the national waterways network.

Conservationists says the Bolton and Bury Canal locks have the potential to become as impressive as the Bingley Five-Rise Locks in Yorkshire.

Mr Taylor added: “It’s fascinating to look at this section of the canal and imagine what it used to be like.

“As canal enthusiasts, we consider this the jewel in the crown and given more work it could be equally as impressive as the Bingley Locks.

“The volunteers have all given up their time to do this and we have made some fantastic progress.”

More information is available from Mr Taylor on 07926 795398.

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11:45am Tue 19 Aug 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Hopefully a nice local, traditional food place will be located there also.

Good luck... extend it into town...
Hopefully a nice local, traditional food place will be located there also. Good luck... extend it into town... Beyond News Forum
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2:53pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Donkey Stone says...

Perhaps get some help from the Community service people.
Perhaps get some help from the Community service people. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 17

7:26pm Tue 19 Aug 14

irwell1 says...

Mr Taylor, if you have a look for a piece of old film on the internet called "There Go The Boats" filmed in the 40's or 50s it shows these Locks before they were filled in. It is around 6 minutes into the film. I think there are some sites where you can download it for a small fee. Hope this is useful. Good luck with what you are doing, i shall have a wander over and take a look.
Mr Taylor, if you have a look for a piece of old film on the internet called "There Go The Boats" filmed in the 40's or 50s it shows these Locks before they were filled in. It is around 6 minutes into the film. I think there are some sites where you can download it for a small fee. Hope this is useful. Good luck with what you are doing, i shall have a wander over and take a look. irwell1
  • Score: 11

11:43pm Tue 19 Aug 14

maz1492 says...

irwell1 wrote:
Mr Taylor, if you have a look for a piece of old film on the internet called "There Go The Boats" filmed in the 40's or 50s it shows these Locks before they were filled in. It is around 6 minutes into the film. I think there are some sites where you can download it for a small fee. Hope this is useful. Good luck with what you are doing, i shall have a wander over and take a look.
Hi Irwell1, the old British Waterways film is on YouTube: http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=rnrO6Nb3q
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[quote][p][bold]irwell1[/bold] wrote: Mr Taylor, if you have a look for a piece of old film on the internet called "There Go The Boats" filmed in the 40's or 50s it shows these Locks before they were filled in. It is around 6 minutes into the film. I think there are some sites where you can download it for a small fee. Hope this is useful. Good luck with what you are doing, i shall have a wander over and take a look.[/p][/quote]Hi Irwell1, the old British Waterways film is on YouTube: http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=rnrO6Nb3q Qo maz1492
  • Score: 4

3:15pm Wed 20 Aug 14

stantheman133 says...

How are you going to bridge the road that goes into Little lever, they took the canal out here. It used to go into Bury.
How are you going to bridge the road that goes into Little lever, they took the canal out here. It used to go into Bury. stantheman133
  • Score: 1

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