Posted by Editor on 31st October 2011 at 05:44 PM
Video: Bridgewater 250th - Part 2 - The Packet House
by Tony Flynn and Tom Rodgers
In this second video on the history of the Bridgewater Canal, we will see the oldest building in Worsley, learn about the Alphabet Bridge and how it got its unusual name, and talk about the packet boats that plied their trade on the canal until the coming of the age of the steam trains.
We will also be discussing Queen Victoria's visit to Salford in 1851 and the strange fate that befell the Duke of Wellington.
Finally, did you know that James Naysmth - world famous for his steam hammer and his foundry in Patricroft - was also a keen astronomer and photographer who shared this hobby with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert?
Later on this week we'll be posting the third video in this series, which will look at the Dry Docks boatyard in Worsley, which incredibly has seen little or no change over the past 250 years.
To see the full story in order, watch Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8 and Part 9.
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