Barton-upon-Irwell conservation area
|Boundary amendment dates||1987, 2002 and 2007|
|Area||5.83 hectares (14.43 acres)|
|Listed building entries||1 (within the Salford boundary)|
The Barton-Upon-Irwell conservation area is centred on the famous Barton Swing Aqueduct which was constructed between 1890 and 1894 to replace Brindley's stone aqueduct of 1761 carrying the Bridgewater Canal across the River Irwell. The close proximity of this engineering masterpiece and the contemporary swing bridge is unique.
A map showing the boundary of the conservation area is available to download at the end of the page.
To the north the Bridgewater Canal and Barton Road lead into a pleasant area of late 18th and 19th century brick houses and shops and also the site of the former Barton Methodist Chapel. The three extensive graveyards (one fronting Barton Lane and two to the rear of the site) remain, although most of the gravestones have been removed to allow landscaping and car parking. Some Victorian monuments remain to the rear of the site. The village did not expand across the River Irwell partly because of the physical barrier, but mainly because the land was part of the park attached to Trafford Hall.
That part of the conservation area south of the Manchester Ship Canal (lying within Trafford Council's administrative area) is still used for agriculture, which originally was the main source of employment in the area.
Conservation area appraisal
In July 2007, the city council adopted an appraisal for the Barton-upon-Irwell conservation area. This defines what is important about its character and appearance and identifies its special characteristics. It provides a basis for making decisions about the future management of the conservation area, helping to determine what might be appropriate development in and around its boundary. The conservation area appraisal and its associated documents are available to download at the bottom of the page.
Amendments to boundary 1987, 2002 and 2007
The conservation area was extended in 1987 to include an additional strip of land to the north of the Manchester Ship Canal and west of the swing bridges, together with the housing which occupied it.
In March 2002, Trafford MBC approved the reduction in size of the conservation area within their borough to the boundary of the graveyard at the rear of All Saints Church.
As part of the appraisal of the Barton-upon-Irwell conservation area, consideration was given to the review of its boundary. In July 2007 the boundary was amended, resulting in the inclusion of the bowling green adjacent to the Rock House Hotel, given this had links to the pub previously on this site. It also resulted in the omission of houses on Havenscroft Avenue, given they bear no relation to the historical significance of the conservation area.
|Listed building entries within the conservation area||Name||Grade|
|Salford||Barton Bridge, Barton Aqueduct and control tower (that part in Eccles)||II *|
|Trafford||Barton Bridge, Barton Aqueduct and control tower (that part in Trafford)||II *|
|Trafford||All Saints Church and Friary||I|
|Trafford||All Saints Presbytery||I|
- Map showing Barton Upon Irwell conservation area boundary (Adobe PDF format, 1.4mb)
- Burton upon Irwell conservation area appraisal July 2007 (Adobe PDF format, 2.2mb)
- Supporting maps for Barton Upon Irwell conservation area appraisal (Adobe PDF format, 13.6mb)
- Appendix A - listed buildings (Adobe PDF format, 89kb)
- Appendix B - local buildings of significance (Adobe PDF format, 372kb)
If you are unable to view documents of these types, our downloads page provides links to viewing software.
Who to contact
- Spatial Planning
- Salford City Council
Map to this location
- 0161 793 3782
This page was last updated on 6 May 2014