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Barton Upon Irwell is surely one of the most interesting and historical areas of Salford, if not the North West.

History With Flynn


Nestling beside the Manchester Ship Canal and only a few minutes walk from the Trafford Centre, this fascinating little corner of our City is best known for the Barton Swing Bridge and Barton Aqueduct.

As we will discover however, there are some fascinating facts that may come as a surprise to many of the commuters who pass daily over Barton's busy crossroads which once stood as the gateway into one of Europe's largest industrial complexes -Trafford Park.

How many times have you passed without noticing the Stonemasons personalised marks,a marvelous piece of architectural history, also you may be surprised to know that the Aqueduct site is a conservation area, obviously in need of some cleaning up. 


Finally spot the deliberate mistake by the mystery gardener who calls the date on the slab as being 1841 when it is so obviously 1824!

As an added bonus I have added a bonus look at the area in 4K HD Video which was recorded a few months back.


This article in a combination of two videos which first appeared on SalfordOnline during August and September 2009, it is lovingly restored here with the blessing of its author, Tony 'piece of architectural history' Flynn, Filmed and Edited by Tony Thornborough with Music by Ewan McCall, Performed by the Pogues.

Due to reasons out of our control the second video may be monetised as it contains a copyrighted music, we do not receive anything from its monetisation.

Tony Flynn

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