Author documents Manchester Bolton and Bury canal’s history and heritage
5:16pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
AFTER years dedicated to helping restore the Manchester Bolton and Bury Canal, retired lecturer Paul Hindle knows just about every inch of its 15-mile length.
So there was no one better to document the changes along the canal since its 19th Century heyday.
A new book pairing old pictures with modern ones taken from the same position shows just how different the canal now looks, although many recognisable features, such as bridges, still remain.
Dr Hindle hopes the book, “Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal Through Time” will provide history and canal enthusiasts with an interesting time lapse insight into the local area as well as helping raise funds for the Manchester Bolton & Bury Canal Society.
The book’s 186 pages are crammed with photographs and short descriptions of the views along the length of the canal.
Dr Hindle, of Ringley Road, Radecliffe, spent several weeks earlier this summer visiting places along the canal and taking new photographs from the same position as old images the society already possesses in its collection.
It has been very enjoyable to do it,” he said. With some of the pairs of pictures, it is quite astonishing how much change there has been.”
The book has now gone on sale and is available from book stores and websites as well as the society, which receives a royalty from proceeds of the sales.
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