SD7912 : The Mouse Trap at Burrs

taken 6 years ago, near to Limefield, Bury, Great Britain

The Mouse Trap at Burrs
The Mouse Trap at Burrs
Picnic Area by David Fryer is a large stainless steel sculpture of a man-sized mouse trap. It was commissioned in 1998 as part of the Irwell Sculpture Trail. One of the largest public art schemes in Britain.

The sculpture is located near the car park so that it is one of the first objects seen by visitors to the country park. The title “Picnic Area” is inscribed on the trap’s baiting area. This is supposed to be a wry commentary about whether such country parks are a tourist trap and the tourists are lured by picnic areas.
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
Friday, 2 October, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 3 October, 2015
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  Suburb, Urban fringe  People, Events 
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Panasonic DMC-G3 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 798 126 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:36.5791N 2:18.3796W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 798 125
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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