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These videos contain extremely rare footage made by the National Coal board in the 1950s and give a fascinating insight into what it must have been like to work on the canal. The NCB footage, unseen for years, shows inspection engineers sailing underground in a starvationer boat from Walkden colliery to emerge at The Delph, Worsley.

Local historian Glen Atkinson re-counts some interesting new stories about the canal system and tells the story of the 50 miles of underground canals, how women and children worked underground digging for coal until 1840 and how it is possible to sail from Walkden to America without getting out of a boat, incredible but true!

Glen was also lucky enough to sail along these underground canals several years ago and describes the blackness in the tunnels and how the brickwork arches built all those years ago are still standing as testimony to John Gilbert's tradesmen.

The following videos were produced by local community website SalfordOnline.com, and are reproduced here with their kind permission.

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