Bridgewater Canal Corridor
Salford has an important and often momentous history. None more so than through the story of the Bridgewater Canal, the world's first commercial canal.
The Bridgewater Canal, Worsley Delph and Barton Swing Aqueduct are heritage firsts with international significance and were at the heart of the industrial revolution. These developments transformed the fortunes of Salford and the surrounding areas to make it an industrial powerhouse. This incredibly important heritage feature is now the focus of a £67 million masterplan which will breathe life back into the area.
Through consultations with the local community it has become clear that the Bridgewater Canal is at the heart of local communities and they would like to see the following three things happen along the Bridgewater:
- The celebration of the Bridgewater Canal as central to the story of the Industrial Revolution and Britain's rise as a great trading nation
- Improvement of the environment surrounding the canal
- Involvement of local communities in the future of the canal, through volunteering opportunities and learning
We aim to address these concerns through our vision for the canal, which is:
'To create a living canal connecting communities with a unique heritage celebrated by all'.
The Bridgewater Canal in Salford is at the beginning of a real transformation to bring the canal back into the heart of the community by celebrating its heritage.
Through achieving this vision, we want to make sure that communities and visitors alike are:
- Proud of their canal
- Made to feel welcome and safe
- Inspired to explore and learn about the area
To find out more about the history of the canal, the detailed proposals for each area and how you can get involved please use the links on the left of this page.
You can also find out more about the canal and Salford's other tourist attractions at the Visit Salford website.
Bridgewater Canal iPhone app
A free Bridgewater Canal iPhone app written by Salford residents can be downloaded by anybody interested in the historic waterway.
Canal visitors making their way from Boothstown to Barton can use the app to look out for landmarks, buildings and animals. Features also include historic images of the canal, interesting facts and memories from local people.
As part of the Bridgewater Canal 250th anniversary, The Friends of Salford Museum and Art Gallery have written the app with help from Salford City Council and Salford Community Leisure. It's been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
This page was last updated on 3 May 2013