Barton Navvie - Barton, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 28.657 W 002° 21.330
30U E 542773 N 5925597
Quick Description: This sculpture was erected as part of a £5.5 million face lift for Salford’s Bridgewater Canal and depicts one of the workers that manually dug the canal.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/22/2020 1:18:36 PM
Waymark Code: WM120AF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
Views: 2

Long Description:

The Bridgewater Canal is considered to be the UK's first true canal because it didn't simply follow or improve on existing rivers.

It was built be the Duke of Bridgewater in 1761 to connect his coal mine at Worsley with Manchester.

The canal was later extended and although no longer used commercially is popular with leisure boaters, walkers and cyclists.

For many years it has not been possible to access the original wharves at Worsley where the canal met the coal mine, but the renovation work has included the building of viewing platforms and information boards at that location.

A number of information boards, "You Are Here" maps, benches and sculptures have also been installed between Worsley and Barton.

Canals historically were often called Navigations and the men that dug them by hand were called Navvies.

This sculpture shows a Navvie hauling away a barrow load of earth dug out as part of the construction work. It is next to the canal towpath alongside Barton Road and so easily accessible.
Title of Piece: The Barton Navvie

Artist: unknown

Material/Media: Corten Steel

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Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Not listed

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