The canal in days gone by
Some pictures of the canal as people in Hirst Wood might have seen it in days gone by (click on a thumbnail to enlarge it or to start a slide show)
Hirst Lock tea house Lock keeper at Hirst Lock Water colour of Hirst Lock by permission Peter Randall On the bridge at Hirst Lock Hirst Wood Farm - delicious ice cream Unloading at Salts MIll (photo by permission Saltaire Archive) Arriving at the mill Heavy lifting Hard work
Hirst Lock
Family business Family day-out in the woods at Dowley Gap Brass band takes to the water (Photo reproduced with permission of Bradford Museums and Galleries) One of the early pleasure trips (Photo reproduced with permission of Bradford Museums and Galleries) Can we come aboard? (Photo reproduced with permission of Bradford Museums and Galleries) 'Three Valley Road urchins cool off in the canal' Shipley Times & Express 17-7-1914 Home Page Home Page Home Page More about the canal More about the canal More about the canal HIRST WOOD REGENERATION GROUP
The canal at work
The canal at play
 While swimming in the canal is dangerous, it seems to have been a regular pastime and Dowley Gap appears to have been something of a pleasure beach