Worsley Village conservation area
|Boundary amendment date||2007|
|Area||22.5 hectares (55.6 acres)|
|Listed building entries||28|
Worsley village was designated as a conservation area by the former Lancashire County Council in 1969. The boundary was drawn to include, at that time, approximately 40 listed buildings, together with some less attractive but historically interesting industrial buildings.
The character and historical background of Worsley is unique in south east Lancashire and Greater Manchester. The relationship of historic buildings, canal basins and open spaces with a landscape setting of mature trees adds to the general interest of the area and contributes to its exceptional character.
The settlement originated in the last quarter of the 18th century as a group of industrial buildings, cottages, shops, inns and other community buildings at the Delph where the entrance to the Duke of Bridgewater's underground coal mining and canal system was situated. From this point coal was transported to Manchester by the Bridgewater Canal, the first commercial system to be developed in Britain (see "Revolution in Salford!").
Visually separate from the canal, Worsley Green is an area of public open space, bordered by Worsley Road and by terraces of 18th century cottages and 19th century houses with elevations in black-and-white vernacular style. The Victorian ornamental fountain, an important feature of the Green, originally formed part of a chimney stack on factory buildings that stood on the site of Worsley Green.
In the area north of Worsley Road, the Delph - one of Salford's three scheduled ancient monuments - is the main feature of interest. The Duke of Bridgewater commissioned James Brindley to design the Bridgewater Canal and then in 1760 he engaged the engineer John Gilbert to create 46 miles of underground canals, together with a series of locks that transferred loaded barges from one canal to another. Two main canals, one 30 metres (100 feet) above the other, run northwards from Worsley Delph to Farnworth. A herringbone of minor canals link up to dozens of pits on either side.
Two tunnels were driven in from the Delph about 25 metres (82 feet) apart which joined a feeter about 456 metres (1,500 feet), the overall height being 2.4 metres (8 feet) with approximately 1.2 metres (4 feet) of water below and a breadth of 3 metres (10 feet), with the first seam lying about 684 metres (2,250 feet) from the Delph. The scheduled ancient monument at the Delph relates to the tunnel entrances, sluice gates and apron platform between; it does not include the canal itself.
The principal buildings of interest in this area are the Bridgewater Estate offices, the Nailmaker's House, Rock House, Packet House, Court House and former police station (The Old Nick).
Amendment to boundary - 2007
As part of the appraisal of the Worsley Village conservation area, consideration was given to the review of its boundary. In July 2007 the conservation area boundary was amended, and extended to include specific areas to the south side of Barton Road and northwards to include Old Warke Dam and the Aviary. There was also a small reduction to the boundary south of the Bridgewater Hotel Public House.
|Listed buildings entries||Grade|
|Worsley Court House||II|
|Footbridge over the canal from the green||II|
|3, 5 Barton Road (The Old Nick)||II|
|The Packet House||II|
|The Jetty Steps - The Packet House||II|
|10 to 16 (consecutive even) Barton Road||II|
|11 to 19 (consecutive odd) The Crescent||II|
|21 The Crescent (Bramble Cottage)||II|
|23 The Crescent||II|
|The Delph west sluice gate||II|
|The Delph east sluice gate||II|
|The Delph east tunnel entrance||II|
|The Delph west tunnel entrance||II|
|2, 3 The Delph||II|
|The Boat House||II|
|The Dry Docks||II|
|Former Oil Store (Dukes Wharf)||II|
|Fountain on The green||II|
|140 to 145 (consecutive)||II|
|146 to 149 (consecutive)||II|
|150 to 153 (consecutive)||II|
|Telephone Kiosk (K6)||II|
|Worsley Road Bridge||II|
|3 Worsley Road||II|
|5 Worsley Road||II|
|10, 12, 14 Worsley Road||II|
The Delph (canal tunnel entrances and wharf) is designated as a scheduled ancient monument.
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This page was last updated on 7 November 2013