Book a tour – Coal, Canal and Cake – 2022

2nd Saturday of each month – 2pm 14:00 – 16:30 approx.

Join us for a tour exploring the history of the Bridgewater Canal in Salford and the hidden clues of its link to the coal deep in seams underground. 

Worsley Village was once the hub of a thriving industry built upon the coal belonging to the Duke of Bridgewater in the 18th Century.  

His life’s work centred around how to make the transport of coal from his land to the growing city of Manchester possible and most importantly profitable!

We follow the path of history and heritage from the Duke and his canal to his descendant the Earl of Ellesmere and his own personal project, St Mark’s Church. A grade 1 listed building designed by the eminent architect Sir George Gilbert Scott. 

We finish the walk with included cake and refreshments to digest the incredible changes to industrial Britain, which can in part be credited to the ingenuity of the Duke, his workers and those that followed in his footsteps. 

Please note visits to St Mark’s Church may be limited on certain dates according to the church events schedule.

Booking Essential – please message us with any dietary requirements

Alexandra Fairclough

Alexandra Fairclough

I am Alexandra (Alexatours) and I’m a recently qualified Green Badge Guide. As a Lancashire lass with a passion for local history, I can provide a meet & greet service as well as public and bespoke tours and assistance & information on cultural, historical and contemporary heritage of this fascinating area- ‘the cradle of the Industrial Revolution’.

In addition to tours, I do talks and lectures at educational establishments, religious and historical sites, museums and at venues of other significant interest and attractions. If you are looking for a fun-fact educational tour or walk, let me share my passion for local history, the arts and our industrial past.

In addition to my listed public tours, I can provide private / school walks as well as talks for U3A groups, local history groups and family parties.

I am a member of Manchester Guided Tours as well as Bridgewater Canal Guided Tours. (I also offer tours of Cheshire by arrangement)
Tel 07956 226699
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