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Date(s) - 23rd February 2017
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Irlam Railway Station


A walk around Irlam and Cadishead to explore the remains of its industrial and transport history. The walk (distance 5 miles approx.) will be led by Frank Shackleton.

Until the arrival of the railways and more particularly the building of the Manchester Ship Canal, Irlam was a small largely rural community. The peak of its industrial development came in the 1920s with the opening of the Partington Steel Works. The area suffered badly in the de-industrialisation of the 1970s, but has now recovered with the development of small industrial units on the former steel works site.

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The walk will start at 12:30 from the recently refurbished Irlam Station, now a museum and cafe. Outward travel by train to Irlam from Manchester Oxford Road. Departures are at 10:44, 11:16 or 11:44 (Deansgate 2 minutes later) arriving at 10:58, 11:34 or 11:58. Connections from Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester Oxford Road are at 10:37, 11:07 or 11:37. Although there is a car park at Irlam Station it is inevitably always full and otherwise car parking in the vicinity of Irlam Station is difficult. The intention is to view the Irlam Station Museum and take lunch there before the commencement of the walk at 12:30. Return will be by train from Irlam or by bus No 67 from Cadishead to Manchester Shudehill.

Both explanatory notes to accompany the walk and slides (both current & contemporary) of the area may be accessed here: Walk NotesWalk Slides.

A series of OS maps showing how the Irlam area has changed over time from the pre-railway 1800’s up to 2016 may be accessed here: Maps of Irlam over time

For further information contact Gerald Leach (tel; 01565 654342; email: gerald.leach@btinternet.com)