|Bridgewater Canal Toll Traffic archives|
The careful, beautifully handwritten, entries show the amounts of' 'night-soil and sweepings' that were transported by Salford Corporation barge from Wilburn Street to places like the wharf at Dr. White's Bridge in Sale, where it would have been taken by market gardeners and farmers to be spread on the land as fertiliser.
In 1930, 30 tons of manure from Castlefield was delivered in March to Dunham by W. Bryan Senior and in Sept, 35 tons...the Bridgewater Estate didn't charge for the transport of manure...the removal of horse manure from the streets was a big issue then.
Interestingly, the records don't show the reputed return of vegetables to Manchester...so more detective work needed!...
Anyone interested in joining in with the research...please email me...fiona 'at' kindling.org.uk
These books also show the traffic from Liverpool...mostly hefty dried goods...the list is fascinating:
In 1928; Jas. Thomas transports Tapioca flour, Peas, Sago flour, 35 tons of Rice, 5 tons of Shumac, 10,115 tons of Sugar to Castlefield, Lard for the Kilvert's and things like 20 tons of Hemp.
I've yet to find potatoes!