SD9302 : Park Bridge Ironworks

taken 10 years ago, near to Bardsley, Oldham, Great Britain

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Park Bridge Ironworks
Park Bridge Ironworks
Park Bridge was an early industrial settlement in the Medlock Valley between Ashton and Oldham. The Lees family began developing iron works at Park Bridge in 1747, based on an iron rolling mill and forge to provide parts for the cotton spinning trade and other industries.

The ironworks were some of the largest in 19th century Tameside, and one of the earliest ironworks in the northwest. During the early part of the 19th century, the ironworks were expanded including the construction of a weir and a water power building on the River Medlock.

The ironworks started to decline at the end of the 19th century with the cessation of coal mining in the Medlock Valley in 1887. Competition from the steel industry over a long period and the closure of the railway in 1959 further dented the profits. The ironworks finally closed in 1963, still under the control of the Lees family. The abandoned ironworks fell into decay and were demolished or reduced to ruins in the 1970s. In 1975, the Medlock and Tame Valley Conservation Association opened the Park Bridge Museum to encourage interest in the historical significance of Park Bridge. In 1986, the museum became a visitor centre, and in 1995 was renamed the Park Bridge Heritage Centre

During their heyday, the ironworks provided rivets world wide. The Eiffel Tower, Sydney Harbour Bridge & The Titanic all used their rivets in their construction.

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Tuesday, 15 February, 2011   (more nearby)
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