The Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal

Nob End Depot

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Nob End Building, situated at the top of Prestolee Locks, was once the centre of operations. The building, which is the last surviving Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal building, housed a small office, a general office, a joiner's shop and a smithy. From this site maintenance work for the bulk of the waterway was carried out until a decline in traffic forced closure in the 1950's. The workshop is still owned by British Waterways who lease the building to The Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal Society. Plans to turn the Workshop into a visitor's centre for £250,000 have as yet not materialised. Sadly nothing has been done to maintain this important part of our local heritage.