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Your Canal Stories and Memories

We would love to hear from you if you have a story to tell about the Bridgewater and what it means to you or maybe just share your thoughts on the canal or the memories it provokes. This could be in the form of a short story or quote, a poem or photo. Please submit your contributions to, these will then appear on the website.

Why I love the Bridgewater
"I love the way that a terracotta ribbon of water emerges from a non-descript rockface and winds its way linking green fields, busy suburbs and industrial complexes to emerge as a quiet backwater in the bustling city of Manchester".

"I love the Bridgewater because it was the lifeblood of the industrial revolution - I just wish more people knew that!"

"Growing up on Parrin Lane meant that the Bridgewater Canal was a big part of the adventure of growing up".

"I have friends from all over the country who know 'The Orange Canal', a proper local landmark (Even if it's not as orange as it once was)".

"The Bridgewater Canal made Worsley what it is, and played a part in making Britain the world's first industrialized nation. It's something to be proud of and it's right that we celebrate it today".

"Hats off to the Canal Duke: he took an almighty risk in this enterprise and it paid off. He was a man of vision who proved so many people wrong. Unlike so many of his fellow members of the gentry he wasn't content to sit back on his wealth-he saw the potential, chose the right men to help him in Gilbert and Brindley, and made his dream a reality. A man of vision, a true pioneer, a great Briton".

"It has struck me only recently what an impact the Bridgewater Canal has had on my life. The canal has always been within half a mile from where I have lived... We could get to the school by crossing the alphabet bridge and passing the sunken starvation boats, or going up the hill opposite the Court House.

"My late wife and I liked to walk along the towpath at Worsley or Patricroft. It was the best place to relax and have a good natter and feed the ducks."

In Delph's dark depths she lay unseen,
then to the light she flowed.
To wander free through fields of green,
this man-made, liquid road.

Her gliding cargoes of black gold
showed where our future lay,
and, as the story's oft been told,
she's why we're here today.

For nature too, as well as man,
enjoys the fruits she bears.
A whole new world in her began,
God's creatures all to share.

She's threatened now, our liquid road,
by avarice, and greed.
This treasure, to our hands bestowed,
must from this threat be freed.

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