Living in Salford, Nr Manchester there’s loads of housing, which makes it a vibrant and lively community. There are Squares, in the sense of traditional gardens with houses around it, but you’re more likely to lead into a path onto a main road.
They spread out like trees, with little side streets and cul-de-sacs. The houses opposite my bedroom/office weren’t even there when we first moved into the house we’re living in. It was affectionately known as “The croft” – an overgrown waste site which housed the occasional wildflowers and with them butterflies and wild animals
So what’s on my corner – a redeveloped docks, and a dual carriageway and just up the pavement – a patch of green known as the local park, there’s two areas, Ordsall and Monmouth – but those who use it know it as Ordsall Park
It can be happily said that where i live, in Salford, you’re no more than five minutes away from a bridge of some sort.
The mass of water you see above is the Manchester Ship Canal , which flows towards the river mersey, and flows through the county of Greater Manchester
as a result – there’s a number of bridges that cross this expanse.
The one i cross most days is the Trafford Road Bridge, which i cross when going to sporting events on the other side of the county.
Occasionally, i’ll cross this bridge – the old dockside swing bridge – affectionately called “Detroit” as each of the docks is named after an american lake. Detroit passes over “Erie” Basin, a place once for ships – but now more akin to Open water swimming
Erie has an adjoining canal, called Mariners – and this too has a set of bridges to enable those living on the dockside to get about. This pic was taken at the point where the mouth of Erie flows into Mariners – which joins up with another set of Basins at the other side.
The newest of all the bridges on the quayside (and the last in the sequence on my journey to Imperial War Museum North) is the Millennium Bridge – built for the year 2000 and providing access across the waterway between the Lowry arts centre in Salford, and Imperial War Museum North – in Neighbouring Trafford
(Sports fans might have also noted – its used for quick access to Manchester United Football Club’s stadium – Old Trafford)
An acrostic in memoriam to those affected by the Manchester Arena Bomb
My sister city
As days go on
Never forget those
Heaven’s doors are surely open
Everyone remember those who fell – but
Stay strong – don’t allow
Those who did this to win
Everyone knows what a great place you are
Rejoice in remembering the good times ahead
Strolling round my hometown of Salford, you can see Many curved structures.
The river Irwell traverses around the cities various districts and as a result, crossing points have been created to cross this body of water
This pic is of the millennium bridge, straddling the Manchester Ship Canal from its point at Salford Quays at the Lowry, towards Trafford Wharf and Imperial War Museum North, on the other side of the canal. The building at the back of the bridge is the Ship Canal HQ.
The bridge itself lifts by means of two sets of weights at the top of four towers each side of the bridge. as these are moved by the bridges cables it moves the bridge.
As the canal reaches the quayside it makes its way through Five canal basins interlocked by a series of mini canals which are crossed by footpaths and bridges. Mariners Canal which links Ontario Basin with the larger Erie Basin has a bridge connecting the main road (Trafford Road) with the Offices and Houses on the Quayside. This bridge was completed in 1989. It has its own curves – islands for Street lights which cross over the canal.
Detroit Bridge, Salford Quays
Detroit bridge has a curved walkway, for special events that take part throughout the year in the city, in particular the Open water swims and Triathlon events that occur during weekends and on fixed dates during the year. Its been a venue for Commonwealth Games events and Triathlon.
The Canal itself cuts through areas of Greater Manchester till it reaches its source at Eastham.