Worsley today has the appearance of a peaceful village. In it's heyday, however, it was a busy centre of activity. "The Green", now a very pleasant area, was once "The Yard", an industrial complex including boatmakers, wheelwrights, nailmakers, timber yard and warehouse. The monument to the Duke of Bridgewater, which stands on the green, was converted from the base of a factory chimney.
It is said that workers were late returning from their lunch, claiming that they could not hear the clock strike one above the general noise coming from the yard. The Duke had the mechanism of the clock altered so that it struck thirteen instead! This clock is now situated in St Marks Church and still strikes thirteen.
At nearby Worsley Delph were the twin entrances to the Duke of Bridgewater's underground canal tunnels - the reason for the Bridgewater Canal's existence. The water in the canal at Worsley usually has an orange tint due to the water coming from the mines containing traces of iron ore.