Heritage steam hammer moves home
Tuesday 03 November 2009
A Bolton landmark that is part of the town's industrial heritage has been relocated.
In a seven-hour operation on Saturday 31 October 2009 the 50-tonne steam hammer, which has stood in the University's grounds for the past 28 years, was moved from one side of Deane campus to the other.
The steam hammer moved to make way for the new £30.6m Bolton One complex. The centre will house a swimming pool and leisure services, a four-storey health centre, and sports science laboratories and teaching facilities. It is due for completion early in 2012.
A 250-tonne crane was brought in to lift the steam hammer onto a special wagon, which moved it to its new University Way site, facing the University's Chancellor's Buildings.
The steam hammer, made in 1917 for Thomas Walmsley and Sons of Bolton and used until 1975 to process wrought iron at Atlas Forge, was donated to Bolton by the Directors of Thomas Walmsley and accepted by the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor James Smith, in April 1981.
Pictured, the steam hammer is lowered on to the wagon.