Favorite thing: The Sankey viaduct was opened in 1830, built by Stevenson to carry the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, the first ever passenger service in the world.It was built to cross the canal rather than take the railway acrosss the more usual swing bridges. So this viaduct is historic: the first English Canal of the Industrial Revolution being crossed by the first Scheduled Passenger Railway.
It is known locally as the Nine Arches - sorry only managed a few in this pic! The Sankey Valley Country Park trails enable good views of this historic piece of engineering. Don't expect to find any water under the bridge though as the canal is now dried up in this particular area.
Favorite thing: The Sankey brook used to be called "Stinkey brook" as it became the dumping ground for chemical companies in the vicinity. The Mucky Mountains are the remains of old alkaline waste tips from companies such as Muspratt's Vitriol Works which produced Soda . For every ton of product there were two tons of waste- yuk! The area has now been regenerated and thankfully no longer stinks and is now home to locally rare plants which grow there.
Favorite thing: This was the supposed waterway to be developed as the Sankey canal for transporting the coal but its developer Henry Berry craftily realised it would never be wide enough for that purpose and pulled the wool over the eyes of those who would be against such pioneering ideas of a brand new canal! He deliberately did not tell the Sankey Brook committee this and construction went on with them (and everybody else) totally oblivious to the real plans. Perhaps its justice that because of this Henry Berry failed to be recognised as the man who built the first British canal. James Brindley had that honour when at Worsley, near Manchester, Bridgewater Canal was the first waterway to be made completely independent of a river was built soon after.
Favorite thing: The Sankey Canal is another name for the St Helens Canal. It was the first canal built in England during the Industrial Revolution. Now instead of coal being transported by barge along here its a peaceful place for cyclists, walkers and especily anglers to enjoy.
The canl was normally crossed by swing bridges - as seen in this pic.
Favorite thing: Messrs. Jones, Turner and Evans started the Viaduct Works in 1833, McCorquodale's Printing factory was established in 1846 and the Sankey Sugar Co. in 1855. Earlestown was established to accommodate the workers in these industries. The name of the town itself came from Sir Hardman Earle, a director of the Railway Company which bought the Viaduct Works in 1853 and imported labourers from Salford.
Population grew and today has a modern shopping centre.
Fondest memory: As I said the town itself is nothing special but I did like the train link fencing of the railway station railings - a nice touch for its train history i thought.
Cygnets on the Canal
Fondest memory: It was lovely to see the wildlife around the canal - especially the young swans - still grey and fuzzzy-downed - this one looke so cute too as he rested his leg from paddling in the water!