SJ5989 : Railway Bridge over St Helens (Sankey) Canal

taken 10 days ago, near to Great Sankey, Warrington, Great Britain

Railway Bridge over St Helens (Sankey) Canal
Railway Bridge over St Helens (Sankey) Canal
The Sankey Viaduct in Sankey Valley Park crosses both the canal and Sankey Brook. Known as the "Seven Arches", although it consisted of seven arches and one iron-girder span over the canal itself, this 1873 viaduct carries the Liverpool to Manchester via Warrington railway. It is thought that the span across the canal may have originally had a lifting mechanism, to allow the masts of the sailing barges to pass through.
The Sankey Canal
First opened in 1757, the Sankey Canal (which is also known as the Sankey Brook Navigation and the St Helens Canal) runs for about 15 miles along the valley of the Sankey Brook from the point where the brook joined the River Mersey, to a location to the north east of St Helens, with short branches to Blackbrook and Gerrard's Bridge. Only two short sections at Widnes and Fiddler's Ferry are open for navigation. Much of the canal is in water although some sections have been infilled.

Built primarily to take coal down to the Mersey and Liverpool, the final traffic on The Sankey was very different, and in the opposite direction; raw sugar for the Sankey Sugar Works at Earlestown, from Liverpool. The ending of the sugar traffic in 1959 led to the closure of the Canal in 1963 after which, the canal was left neglected. It was dirty and ran through an area of chemical works and other industries.

in 1985, The Sankey Canal Restoration Society (SCARS) was formed with the help and encouragement of the St. Helens Groundwork Trust. The principal aim of the Society is to achieve the full restoration of the Canal (LinkExternal link SCARS website).
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Date Taken
Saturday, 6 July, 2019   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 10 July, 2019
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  Railways  Historic sites and artefacts 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DC-G9 
Canal (from Tags)
St Helens Canal 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 590 890 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:23.7956N 2:37.0198W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 590 890
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Canal  Bridge  Viaduct  Railway Bridge  Sankey Valley Park  Nineteenth Century  19th Century  Victorian 

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