Coal mining was once a major industry in Walkden. The area is rich in coal seams, which were exploited from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.
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Recommended reading
Atkinson, Glen   The Canal Duke's Collieries (Neil Richardson, 1998)
Booth, George    Walkden Yard Yarns (Streetgate, 1992)
Mullineux, Frank    The Duke of Bridgewater's Underground Canals at Worsley (Lancashire & Cheshire Antiquarian Society; reprint, 1963)
Preece, Geoff    Coal Mining in Salford. A photographic record. (City of Salford, 1995)