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Salford Universities Archaeology Department will be undertaking an archaeological survey and test pitting excavations, as part of the Worsley Canal Port Survey during 22nd to the 2th of July and 29th to the 1st of August. This fieldwork is part of broader research work on the archaeology of industrialisation within the region.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the dig then get in touch via the contact details at the bottom of the page. Places will be limited.

The project aims to better understand the development of the Worsley Yard canal workshops, established on the site of Worsley Green in the 1760s by the Duke of Bridgewater and his estate manager, John Gilbert.

These industrial buildings serviced the Worsley coal mines, and the boats using the Bridgewater Canal and underground canals at Worsley. They were closed around 1904 when the workshops were moved to Monton.

Permission to demolish the old buildings at Worsley Yard was given by the then Earl of Ellesmere to Captain Henry Hart Davis, Chief Agent of the Bridgewater estate, in 1904. The demolition of the yard buildings and the creation of a grassed green were part of a wider programme of gentrification to turn the area into a garden village.

By 1910 there was a new road, The Green, lined with 30 newly built estate houses to the west, south, and east of Worsley Green, and a new bridge across the canal to the south.

Contact Penny Dargan-Makin via P.R.D.Dargan-Makin@salford.ac.uk or call 0161 2950145 to reserve your FREE place.


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