Chat Moss  Lancashire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Chat Moss like this:

CHAT MOSS, a bog in Lancashire; traversed by the Manchester and Liverpool railway, 8 miles W of Manchester. It occupies an area of about 12 square miles; varies in depth from 10 to 35 feet; and was naturally so spongy that cattle could not walk over it; but, to a considerable extent, has been reclaimed. The difficulties of constructing of the railway over it were enormous: and the overcoming of them was an achievement of Stephenson, almost as wonderful as his improving of the locomotive.

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Chat Moss through time

Chat Moss is now part of Salford district. Click here for graphs and data of how Salford has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Chat Moss itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Chat Moss, in Salford and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 27th January 2022

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