This is Salford's answer to the Taj Mahal.
We spent some time in the Imperial War Museum (North), but it was too dark to see the exhibits properly. I left Jan doing some shopping at Tesco Express in Trafford Road while I cycled off down Ordsall Lane looking for a pub I went to as a student. I couldn't remember what it was called, but I could remember very clearly the tables being exceptionally heavy, made from old sewing machine stands covered in copper. I stopped at the first pub I came to, the Bricklayer's Arms, bought a half of Holt's Black and asked some locals if they knew what I was talking about. They did. The pub with the copper tables was the Welcome and it had stood next door until it was demolished many years ago.
On I went, cycling through my old university campus (Salford) which is having a lot of building work done. I crossed the
My next port of call was Castle Irwell, the student village. That is now barricaded off ready for redevelopment. I helped out with SUR - Salford University Radio - there (and got to shake the Queen's husband's hand when we were presented to him once. The Duke of Edinburgh was the Chancellor.)
Then I cycled to Oaklands Road in Kersal where I lived for three years in the halls of residence. Gone. They are now houses.
Still, I enjoyed my trip back in time, and I didn't expect everything to be preserved as it was 40 years ago.
This evening we had a good meal at a Wetherspoon's in Oxford Road before walking round a lot more of Manchester before returning to the boat.
Tomorrow we move on, probably just to Worsley. Meanwhile my windlass is getting rusty.