SD7912 : Burrs Country Park, Irwell Sculpture Trail

taken 10 years ago, near to Limefield, Bury, Great Britain

Burrs Country Park, Irwell Sculpture Trail
Burrs Country Park, Irwell Sculpture Trail
This carved wooden figure is amongst several, placed in the woodland at the side of the River Irwell at Burrs Country Park, on the Irwell Sculpture Trail. Each one is associated with a local primary school whose name is carved on the back.
Burrs Country Park

Burrs Country Park lies on the River Irwell one mile to the northwest of Bury town centre.

The area now covered by the park has seen human activity since pre-Roman times when a settlement was established at Castlesteads. In 1752 a farmhouse was built on the north side of the river. The original farmhouse is still in existence and is now the Brown Cow public house.

Burrs Mill and Higher Woodhill Mill were constructed during the industrial revolution. Initially they were powered by water from the river Irwell and a weir and goit were constructed to carry the water to the mills. The construction of the Manchester, Bolton Bury Canal meant that a water supply was required to feed the header reservoir at Elton. To accommodate this, the canal feeder was constructed around 1803 and connected into the existing goit.

In 1930 Higher Woodhill Mill was demolished and in 1933 the depression caused the remaining mills to close. In 1952 the earliest part of Burrs Mill was demolished. The rest of the mill followed in 1982 leaving only the chimney and the workers cottages. The site was acquired by Bury Metro in 1986 and, since then, the area has been transformed from a derelict industrial site to a modern country park. Important historical features such as Burrs mill chimney, the mill floor and the water wheel pit have been retained so that the history of the site can be appreciated. In 2001 a purpose built agricultural show ground was constructed at Burrs where Bury Agricultural Society stage their annual show in each July.

Burrs features a wide variety of different wildlife habitats - woodland, open space, wetland, ponds and waterways. There is also a Caravan Club site. In 2016, the East Lancashire Railway opened a halt on the eastern side of the park, next to the caravan site.

LinkExternal link Bury MBC
LinkExternal link Caravan and Motorhome Club
LinkExternal link Friends of Burrs Country Park

The Irwell Sculpture Trail

The Irwell Sculpture Trail is the largest sculpture route in the UK. It follows a winding route which extends for more than 33 miles from Bacup to Salford Quays and features more than 70 artworks from local, national and international artists.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 22 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 24 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 7965 1267 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:36.6110N 2:18.5430W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 7965 1266
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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