SD7912 : Whitehead and Poole Steam Engine at Burrs

taken 4 months ago, near to Limefield, Bury, Great Britain

Whitehead and Poole Steam Engine at Burrs
Whitehead and Poole Steam Engine at Burrs
In transforming the area from an industrial site into a country park, important features such as Burrs mill chimney, the mill floor and the water wheel pit have been retained so that the history of the site can be appreciated by visitors. This diagonal twin cylinder engine manufactured by Whitehead and Poole of Radcliffe is typical of the type used in the textile finishing trades.
Burrs Country Park
Burrs Country Park lies on the River Irwell one mile to the northwest of Bury town centre.

The area now covered by the park has seen human activity since pre-Roman times when a settlement was established at Castlesteads. In 1752 a farmhouse was built on the north side of the river. The original farmhouse is still in existence and is now the Brown Cow public house.

Burrs Mill and Higher Woodhill Mill were constructed during the industrial revolution.. Initially they were powered by water from the river Irwell and a weir and goit were constructed to carry the water to the mills.

The construction of the Manchester, Bolton Bury Canal meant that a water supply was required to feed the header reservoir at Elton. To accommodate this, the canal feeder was constructed around 1803 and connected into the existing goit.

In 1930 Higher Woodhill Mill was demolished and in 1933 the depression caused the remaining mills to close. In 1952 the earliest part of Burrs Mill was demolished. The rest of the mill followed in 1982 leaving only the chimney and the workers cottages. The site was acquired by Bury Metro in 1986 and, since then, the area has been transformed from a derelict industrial site to a modern country park. Important historical features such as Burrs mill chimney, the mill floor and the water wheel pit have been retained so that the history of the site can be appreciated. In 2001 a purpose built agricultural show ground was constructed at Burrs where Bury Agricultural Society stage their annual show in each July.

Burrs features a wide variety of different wildlife habitats - woodland, open space, wetland, ponds and waterways. There is also a Caravan Club site and an outdoor pursuits activity centre

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Date Taken
Monday, 7 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 10 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens  Industry 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 798 126 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:36.5899N 2:18.3615W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 798 126
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Burrs Country Park  Industrial Heritage  Textiles Industry  Steam Engine  Industrial Relic 

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