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Industrial Heritage

Salford has a rich industrial history dating back hundreds of years starting way back in 1228 when Henry III granted the town the right to hold a market to the later mill-town era epitomised in Lowry's masterpieces and the more recent arrival of the Manchester Ship Canal at the end of the 19th Century.

It was here in Salford that Francis Egerton, third Duke of Bridgewater, began exploiting the rich, local seams of coal on his estate. This expanse of mined coal was transported by road to Manchester - a time-consuming and costly business dependent on the availability of carts and horses and the state of the unmade roads.  The Bridgewater Canal was built to overcome this problem, linking coal mines in Worsley to Manchester city centre, swiftly leading to a massive reduction in the price of coal and going on to fuel the birth of the industrial revolution.

Discover more stories and facts about the city for yourself by downloading a Heritage Trail and pay a visit to the places where it all began.

Bridgewater Canal

Wet Earth Colliery at Clifton Country Park

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