SJ5887 : Sankey Bridges: Swing Bridge over the Sankey Canal

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

Sankey Bridges: Swing Bridge over the Sankey Canal
Sankey Bridges: Swing Bridge over the Sankey Canal
There is a series of canal crossings at Sankey Bridges. This one is a narrow swing bridge which was for emergency use if the Liverpool Road bridge was out of action. The swing bridge is approximately 30 yards south of the road bridge and there is a rail bridge about 80 yards further south.
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)
Thursday, 11 July, 2019
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Canals 
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Panasonic DC-G9 
Canal (from Tags)
St Helens Canal  Sankey Canal  Sankey Brook Navigation 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 584 876 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:23.0378N 2:37.5410W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 584 876
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Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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