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Posted by Editor on 25th October 2010 at 11:35 PM
Video: The Delph at Worsley (Part 1)

by Tony Flynn and Tom Rodgers
Edited by Mike Heap

In this new and updated video interview with local historian Glen Atkinson, we not only hear some fascinating new stories about the underground canal systems at Worsley, but also see some fascinating and extremely rare black-and-white footage made by the National Coal Board in the 1950s.

The NCB footage, unseen for years, shows inspection engineers sailing underground in a starvationer boat from Walkden colliery to emerge at The Delph, Worsley.

Glen tells the story of the 50 miles of underground canals, and how containerisation was introduced by the Duke of Bridgewater in the mining of coal, 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 Gilberts tradesmen.

Personally I think this is perhaps the best local history video that we have put on SalfordOnline, Glen is a wonderful speaker but the NCB footage is truly amazing as I'm sure you will agree.

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The Delph Part 2 click here
Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  27th October 2010
Would love to see some of the films you have here Tony I keep hearing all the positive comments but unfortunatley they dont work on my computers I have tried the alternative firefox but that does not work either. If anyone has any ideas on how to solve this i would love to know.

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  26th October 2010
Never tire of watching this and part two, beautiful stuff you should be proud of yourselves.

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  26th October 2010
Fascinating stuff Tony, well done! I agree with the guest about this should be part of the school curriculum. This local history is far more pertinent than what the Romans or Egyptians did. Perhaps if the kids knew more about our canal they'd be less inclined dis-respect it in the ways they do. Seadog.

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by fish4 ( member )  26th October 2010
WOW!, Thats brilliant!, a fantastic find!, Big thanks to you Mr Flynn for this article!. Glen was a star!, really articulate and interesting to follow!.... please Mr Flynn find some more old footage of the great past of our City. This type of footage serves to educate, it really should be part of school curriculum, Salford kids need to know the long and important history of their City, It may have been "a dirty old town" but a very interesting, important place. For me, the main interest, here, is to see how hard it was to be part of the working class of Salford, a city that bred resilient characters. Tony, this is extra fantastic!! more, more, more please!!!.

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  26th October 2010
My grandad, John Harrison, was the last man on the underground canal system so I've been delighted to be able to watch the video footage and it was wonderful to see grandad in some of the old photos which have featured in this article. Excellent interview given by Glen. Well done SalfordOnline, please do more articles like this!

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  26th October 2010
Brilliant Video and Interview - nice one Glen and Salford Online :)

Report as offensive or innapropriate Comment by Guest  25th October 2010
The best yet!, absolutely stunning. Congratulations to SalfordOnline once again.

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