VIDEO Tameside’s water bill under heritage scrutiny
Wednesday 7th September 2016 10:56 Community Entertainment Features News Video Posted by Nigel P.

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Water and its importance in all things connected to the development of Tameside over the past three hundred years is to be heavily featured in the heritage trail this coming week, September 8 until the 11th.
Despite the fact that Tameside has no navigable rivers, it has plenty of smaller streams and brooks coming off the watershed that is the Eastern Pennines.
This cornucopia of water with an all year round supply fed the all important canal system, that linked Tameside with West Yorkshire and it’s wool trade through the Huddersfield Canal and the Peak Forest canal, merging with the Macclesfield canal and its silk industry.
The Ashton canal cut through East Manchester and then to the central hub in Manchester leading to the wider canal system across the UK.
The three main arterial canals merged in the Portland basin which in its day would have been the equivalent of a motorway intersection.
Six of the lovingly restored narrow boats dating from over 100 years ago are on open display on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th.

Visitors can step on board the boats and see how the watermen and women who plied the canals hauling freight on short and long runs would have worked and lived. The boats are open from 11 am at the Portland basin.
There are also guided tow path walks following the canal routes across the borough these include the Huddersfield Canal on Thursday morning,
A longer two rivers and canal walk taking in the Ashton and Peak Forest canal and the River Tame on Friday starts at 10 30 am leaves from Portland basin.
For those in a more sedentary mood there is a talk given by Dr Bob Gough on the importance of the Huddersfield Canal followed by a discussion.
Christine Clough the Heritage Trail organiser said: Water was everything to the history of the region through the emergence of the industrial revolution.
Initially it provided the power for the mills in the water wheels that turned the machinery then as science progressed, it was again water through steam that drove the pistons on train engines and factory machinery.
Water then fed the canals and kept the barges and the goods they were carrying afloat. It should also be remembered the vast amounts of water that industry used and still uses in the dyeing industry, the production of paper, pottery and steel.”
Not forgetting that water can be fun there will be organised canoeing by Aston canal locks for 8 -14 year-olds on Sunday September 11 at the grade two listed Old Boat House. between 11am and 1pm.

Life sustaining water figures heavily in religious ritual and symbolism.
So whether by design or default dovetailing nicely with water’s place in society, much of the rest of the three day heritage extravaganza centres on church buildings – Chosen buildings include God’s own architect Pugin designed Saints Ann and Paul, Catholic church in Ashton to the Mottram Parish Church that has elements dating back to the 13th century.
The unique Moravian settlement also features at Fairfield Square in Droylsden, breaking the mould there are some non religious buildings included, encompassing the Mossley Industrial Heritage Centre and the medieval Newton Hall.
All the visits are guided and parking is provided at many venues .To learn the full extent of the heritage programme log on to www.heritageopendays.org or telephone 0161 342 4242.
See Christine Clough chatting to the Tameside Reporter on our website. Here she describes with passion why she feels people need to connect with their past.