SJ6475 : The Anderton Boat Lift

near to Anderton, Cheshire, Great Britain

The Anderton Boat Lift
The Anderton Boat Lift
A view of the Anderton Boat Lift from the visitor centre.
Anderton Boat Lift
Ranking alongside the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct as one of the great icons of the British canal network, the boat lift at Anderton was an ingenious Victorian solution to the problem of transferring boats the 50 feet between the Trent and Mersey Canal and the River Weaver. It was originally built in 1875 with two caisson, one of which is lowered as the other is raised. In the original design, steam operated hydraulic rams were assisted by pumping some water out of the ascending caisson, thus making it lighter. Unfortunately the equipment proved unreliable mainly due to corrosion caused by using polluted canal water for the hydraulics, and the lift was extensively modified in 1908 using an electric system. The lift had to be closed again in 1983 when corrosion was found in the superstructure and it seemed unlikely that it would ever operate again; contemporary photographs show the lift in a very dilapidated condition. However, towards the end of the 1990s, with a contribution from the Heritage Lottery Fund, money was raised to restore the lift using a version of the original hydraulic system - this time using oil rather than canal water. The fully restored lift was opened in 2002 and is now a major tourist attraction as well as an important component of the canal network.
Trent and Mersey Canal
The Trent and Mersey Canal is 935 miles in length from Derwent Mouth to Preston Brook. The first cut was made by Josiah Wedgwood in July 1766 at Middleport (Stoke-on-Trent). The eastern section between Derwent Mouth and Shugborough (the junction with the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal) was already operational by 1770 and the whole canal through to Preston Brook, where it linked with the Bridgewater Canal was open for business by 1777. James Brindley was the engineer until his death in 1772. There are seventy-six locks en route to raise and lower the water level where hills impede the course. There are four tunnels, including the famous Harecastle Tunnel near Stoke-on-Trent.
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Wednesday, 5 September, 2012   (more nearby)
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Friday, 7 September, 2012
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Historic sites and artefacts  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Canals 
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Trent and Mersey 
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Weaver 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 6472 7524 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:16.3778N 2:31.8294W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 6474 7525
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