Burrs Country Park :: Shared Description

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
by David Dixon
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SD8012 : Sherwood Forester at Burrs Bridge by David Dixon
SD7912 : River Irwell, Burrs Country Park by David Dixon
SD7912 : Burrs Chimney by David Dixon
SD7912 : Burrs Station Plaque by David Dixon
SD7912 : Heron on the Irwell at Burrs Country Park by David Dixon
SD7913 : River Irwell at Burrs Country Park by David Dixon
SD7912 : River Irwell, Burrs Country Park by David Dixon
SD7912 : Burrs Mill Chimney by David Dixon
SD7912 : East Lancashire Railway, Burrs Halt by David Dixon
SD7913 : Sherwood Forester, Burrs Country Park by David Dixon
SD7912 : Steam Engine at Burrs by David Dixon
SD7913 : River Irwell, Burrs Weir by David Dixon
SD7912 : Canoe Training Pool and Former Mill Chimney at Burrs by David Dixon
SD7912 : Burrs Country Park, Irwell Sculpture Trail by David Dixon
SD7912 : Burrs Caravan Park by David Dixon
SD7912 : Irwell Sculpture Trail, Burrs Country Park by David Dixon
SD7912 : Burrs Country Park, Stone Cycle by David Dixon
SD7912 : Burrs Country Park by David Dixon
SD7912 : David Fryer's 'Picnic Area', Burrs Country Park, Woodhill Road, Bury by Jo Turner
SD7913 : Below The Weir At Burrs by David Dixon
SD7912 : Stone Cycle by David Dixon
SD7913 : East Lancashire Railway Bridge#37, Springside Farm by David Dixon
SD8012 : City of Wells Crossing the Calrows Viaduct at Burrs Country Park by David Dixon
SD8012 : Burrs Country Park, Calrows Viaduct by David Dixon
SD7912 : Workers' cottages, Burrs Mill, Burrs Country Park, Woodhill Road, Bury by Jo Turner

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Created: Sun, 11 Apr 2010, Updated: Fri, 3 Sep 2021

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