Manchester Cotton Districts Learning Journey
Come with Victorian visitors and follow the Learning Journey steps into Manchester's busy cotton districts.
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Manchester Cotton Districts Learning Journey Step 5: Building, Engineering and Power Districts
* Bradford (power - coal and gas)
* Gorton (engineering - transport)
* Longsight (engineering - transport)
* Miles Platting (building and power)
* Openshaw (engineering - transport)
Manchester needed raw materials to build and power its great mills and manufactories and many of the supplies came from near to home. The outer eastern districts appear to be the engineering heartland of the city and a source of much of its power. Bradford has both a colliery which produces much coal (very conveniently close to the mills) much of which is used to power the steam locomotives. In addition Bradford possesses a large gas plant and there are also gas plants in Chorlton-on-Medlock and Miles Platting.
Both Ardwick and Miles Platting have timber yards and in Ardwick there are brick works, boiler works, iron works and spindle works. Collyhurst, further to the north, also has brick works. In nearby Openshaw there is the large Armstrong Whitworth Ordinance Factory while neighbouring Gorton has the giant Beyer Peacock engineering works which build steam locomotives and coach bodies. Thousands of engines have been built by Beyer Peacock and they are exported all over the world. At Longsight there are huge railway engine and rolling stock sheds where cleaning and maintenance work are carried out.
Cooper, Glynis. Illustrated History of the Manchester Suburbs. (Breedon Books, 2000)