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MRIAS Research Reports and Booklets


The Society was founded in 1964 to record the industrial heritage of the region and to enhance its appreciation. The archive consists of record cards, archaeological reports and photographs together with collections assembled by former members. Meetings of the North West Industrial Archaeology Panel and its annual conference, also summer schools are filed together with gazetteers of industrial sites, newsletters and conservation reports.

The Manchester Region Industrial Archaeology Society

An index of over 150 Archaeological Reports held by the Manchester Region Industrial Archaeology Society at Chetham's library, Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB.
Library and reader enquiries: Fergus Wilde, Senior Librarian (0161 834 7961) Archive enquiries: Jane Muskett, Archivist (0161 834 7961)
David George & Tony Wright (2020) Second Edition.

N.B. Authors are groups of members, individual members or independent researchers. The exception is box 6/1/1 (2) which contains a selection of reports by the units UMAU and GMAU. Dates are stated where given. To book a study session please ring the library on 0161 834 7961 giving 24 hours notice and quoting box numbers.

Box 3/1 Archaeological Digs and Rescue Operations.
Fairbottom Bobs Engine, Ashton under Lyne.
Realfitz Pit Dig. Cumbria 1975-6
Steam Compressor, Flint. For photographs see box 4/4.

Box 3/2 The Brian Lamb Collection.
Brian was a teacher at the Manchester Urban Studies Centre and a member of the Inland Waterways Association. His reports include: Letterbox Surveys and the Peak Forest Canal and Tramway, Bugsworth.

Box 3/5 and 3/5/1 Canals and Warehouses.
Merchants warehouse, Castlefield (1985) Hollingworth Lake.
Water Power, Castlefield (1987–8)
The Great Northern Warehouse
The Peak Forest Canal (1976)
Manchester Transport Warehouses (2016) Port of Manchester Warehousing (1921) Salford Quays– Ships and Warehouses (2015) Victoria Warehouse, Trafford Park.
Liverpool Warehouse Company, Trafford Park. Dale Street Waterwheel Surveys (1996)
Dale Street Warehouse Survey (1995) Southern and Derwent Timber Wharf (1996) The Hives, Trafford Park (2007)
Manchester Dry Dock Company (2003)
Aspects of the Manchester and Salford Junction Canal. Journeys on the Underground Canals 1765 to 1968.
The Mersey – Irwell Navigation 2012.
The 1830 Warehouse at Liverpool Road.
Castlefield to Old Trafford walk 2015.
Rochdale Canal Heywood Branch
Canal photographs will be found in box 4/3/7/1 and Industry Friends Archive boxes 2007/41/3/1 and 2.

Box 3/5/1(2 ) Cotton Mills
A Novelist’s View of the Cotton Industry (2017) Why So Many Mill fires? (2017)
29 to 43 Liverpool Road (2006)
Swan Lane Mills, Bolton.
4/2/3 also at the Museum of Science and Industry
Chorlton Mills
Arkwright Mill, Miller Street (2015)
Steam Engine at Simpsons Mill
Rope Driving
Cable Street Fustian Works Salford (2005) Cotton Mills in Nelson.
Felt Hatting in Stockport (1986)
I trod a Wheelgate (mule spinning) (1986)
Thomas Hoyle's Mayfield Print Works (2013) Buck’s Atlas Works Carlisle (1995)
Gazeteer of Carlisle Textile Mills (2009) McConnell and Kennedy's Sedgwick Mill (2005) Chatham Mill (2005)
Cars Mill, Wilmslow (2004)
Palmer Mills,Stockport (2001)
Marsland’s Mill, Water Street Stockport (2004) Bannerman's Shirt Factory Hale (2005) to be deposited. Murray’s Mill, Ancoats (2004)
Roller Printing of Textiles (2017)
Torr Mill New Mills (2019).
Quarry Bank Mill, Styal.
Industrial Heritage of Bolton (textiles)
MRIAS photos of cotton mills in box 4/3/5.

Box 6/1 Other Reports and Surveys Manchester and Salford.
The Irwell Bridge (2017)
The Palatine buildings and their Vicinity (2018) Barton -on-Irwell (2016)
CWS factories (c 2015)
Manchester’s Main Line Railway Stations (2015) Budenberg Guage Company (2002)
Trafford Park Telephone Exchange (2006)
Carborundum Works, Trafford Park (2006) Workers’ Housing, Manchester (2006)
Eva Brothers, Crabtree Forge (2003)
33 Thomas Street (2005)
Ashbury Carriage and Iron Company (2013) Mayfield Railway Station (2012)
5 Devonshire Street Salford (2007)
The Manchester Motor Industry (1981) Plant’s Hat Block Works (1977) Manchester Underground (1974)
U Shaped Manchester Sewers (1985) All Saints Area (Draft) Trail.
Fletcher Burrows Coalmines (2002) Ross Mill Farm and House (2008) Bateman and Sherratt, Salford (2004) Great Northern Railway Arches (2003)
Newall Green Farmhouse (2006)
Manchester Corporation Sewage Disposal (2018). Fairbrother Street Salford (2019)
BoatsGate Walkden (1962)
CWS Motor Works (2020)
The Trustees Railways and after (1994)
The Development of Aerodromes around Manchester (2019) Alcock and Brown TransAtlantic Flight (2019)
Manchester Gas Works (2020)
Salford’s Archaeological Past (draft 2018)
Bellhouse Walking Tour (2018)
Photos in boxes 4/3/7/1 and 4/3/2 and 4/3/4/1 and 4/ 2/1 etc
Box 6/1/1 Lancashire, Cheshire and Isle of Man
Nether Alderley Mill (2004)
Holmes Chapel Railway Station (2017)
The Bellhouse Walking Tour (2017)
The Siege of Manchester (2017)
Cheshire’s Industrial Archaeology 1-3 parts. New Brighton Tower (2017)
Warrington Transporter Bridge (2016) Manchester to Liverpool Express Railway Coal Mines of New Mills (1987)
The Linotype Estate, Altrincham (2016)
Wet Earth Colliery (2007)
Obelisk and Culvert Dunham (2006)
The Colden Valley (1997)
The Upper Medlock Valley (2008) Liverpool's South Docks
Glasson Dock (1995)
Horwich Loco Works.
Irlam Local Industries (1979)
Irlam Steelworks.
The Huddersfield Narrow Canal (1975) Sandstone Pillar, Dunham (2006) Birkenhead's Docks and Railways (1997) Birkenhead Docks.
Dolphin Home Gasworks 1811-1867 (1984) Bollington Under Bridge (2006)
Sawney Bridge Dunham (2008)
Salt Extraction Bollin Valley (2006) Woodhouses Road (2005)
Wich Houses at Nantwich (1983)
Lo Wood gunpowder Company (1998)
Black Powder Manufacture, Furness (1995) Archaeology at Bersham (1976)
Laxey Mining Company Isle of Man (1970)
Water and Power at Dunham Mill (2005)
Burgage Plots, Altrincham (2004) Hale Moss and Elitex (2004) Dobson and Barlow (2001) Ollerset Water Works.
Port of Lancaster (1982)
Vanished Dwellings Preston circa 1980 Trafford Park Industrial Trail (1989) Industrial Archaeology of Preston (1974) History of Keswick ( 1989)
John Wilkinson Ironmaster (1987)

Photo boxes 3/11/1 and 4/3/3.

Box 6/1/1(2) UMAU, GMAU and other units
Cotton Mills of Ancoats.
The Lymm Slitting Mill.
The Warton Windmill
Burrs Mill, Bury (1987–8) Haughton Green Denton (1987–8) Gillnow Mill Bolton.
Torr Vale Mill New Mills
Parkside Colliery, St. Helens (1995) Standedge Tunnel
Park Mill Brereton (2002) and Waterwheel. The Hosiery Works, Preston (2001)
Wet Earth Colliery.
The Fox Hill Coal Staithes (2000) Bright Shop Park Bridge (2001)
Station yard Warehouse, Delph (2002) Greenbridge Works, Rawtenstall (2000) Beatings Mill Nordern (2001)
Elk Mill, Royton (1998)
Cleveland Iron and Steel
Worsley Delph (draft 2018)
Boxes 6/2 and 6/3 industrial Monuments and Listed Buildings.
Lime Kilns North Lancs/South Cumbria.
Industrial Archaeology of the Isle of Man.
Industrial Archaeology of Greater Manchester (2000)
Industrial Archaeology of Stockport (1965?) Industrial Cleveland.
Salford Council Local List (2012)
City of Salford Listed Buildings (2009) Merseyside's Industrial Past (2007) Congleton (1981)
Cheshire– Monuments and Listed Buildings (1975)
The Industrial Archaeology of Manchester and South Lancashire (1977) Industrial Lancaster.
Lancashire Industrial Monuments (1975)
Stockport Archaeology (1974)
Industrial Archaeology of Oswaldtwistle (1980)
Preston Cotton Industry
Industrial Archaeology of Lancashire (draft) 2007 Buildings and structures within three miles Peterloo (2018) A Peterloo Trail (2019)
Box 6/4 Conservation Area Reports
Starting the Northwest Museum of Science and Industry. R LH (2014) English Heritage Research Strategy (2010)
East Peak Industrial Archaeology Heritage Support.
Macclesfield Canal Conservation Area (1975)
Strategy for Stockport Mills.
Medlock Valley Plan (1981)
N.W. Historic Environment.
Conservation in Greater Manchester. Heritage Conservation in Lancashire (1999) Worsley Village Conservation Area. (1972)
Wigan Strategy (2003-7) Styal Conservation Area (1975) Restoration of Rochdale Canal. Castlefield.
Ancoats (1991)
Liverpool (2004) Plan.
Park Bridge.
The Lead Legacy Peak District (2004) Manchester Street Furniture.
The Great Northern Warehouse 1996 onwards. Beneath the Ironbridge (2018)


WALKING THE BRIDGEWATER: Exploring Manchester’s First Canal. 2nd Edition. Michael Nevell, Terry Wyke, Clare Hartwell, Alan Kidd, Norman Redhead with David George.
2020. 100pp. Fully illustrated (colour & monochrome images). This edition edited by Michael Nevell and David George.

‘The Bridgewater Canal is one of the most iconic industrial monuments in the world. Its opening in 1761 ushered in a boom in industrial canal building in Britain and around the world. The canal would not have been built, though, without the growing industrial market represented by nearby Manchester.
The relationship of the canal to this city is thus of crucial importance in understanding Manchester’s place as the world’s first industrial city. To walk along the canal from Worsley to Manchester is to follow in the footsteps of 250 years of sightseers

The current revised volume, which includes the recent archaeological research at Worsley, captures contemporary responses to the canal and the emergence of Manchester as an international city based around commerce, manufacture and transport. This is represented by the Bridgewater successors; the Ashton and Rochdale canals, and the world-famous Liverpool and Manchester Railway which are also explored in this work.’
Members may remember MRIAS contributed to funding this publication and in return received a number of copies for sale. Michael Nevell has recently, kindly agreed to donate funding from all remaining sales of the book (from whatever source) to MRIAS. Many thanks, Mike!
This enables us to now offer the book for £9.50 (including UK postage and packing) (previously £10 plus postage and packing) If interested please email for further information.


MRIAS and MRIAS Railway Joint Publications For Sale. Limited numbers ****

FOR SALE - Limited numbers.

email for details of postage and packing.

1.The History of the Original Bridge over the River Irwell linking Manchester and Salford.. 20 pages. Fully illustrated.
2.The Ford Madox Brown Murals in Manchester Town Hall. 23 pages. Fully illustrated.
3. The Siege of Manchester During the English Civil Wars. 18 pages including A3 fold out map. Fully illustrated.
4. The Bellhouse Legacy. A Walking Tour of Central Manchester. . 20 pages. Fully illustrated.
5. A Novelist’s View of the Cotton Industry. Disraeli in Manchester and Salford. 13 pages. Fully illustrated.
6. The Development of Aerodromes Around Manchester (1910-60) . Fully illustrated.
7. Torr Mill, New Mills, Derbyshire . Fully illustrated.
8. The British Rail Class 142 ‘Pacer’ First Edition. Fully illustrated.
9. Manchester Car Makers 1900-1938. First Edition. 30 pp Fully Illustrated.
10. The Buildings of Manchester’s Mainline Railway Termini 21pp