Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

I have, quite recently, shown photographs of the Falkirk Wheel, in Scotland, an economic means of lifting barges between two different levels.

In England, a slightly different method was devised, the Anderton Lift.

It is remarkable that anyone could conceive and then construct such a massive piece of engineering to solve the problem of navigating between the River Weaver and the Trent & Mersey Canal!

It was built by Edwin Clark in 1875 to lift cargo boats the 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal.

Although appearing complex, the concept is simple: two huge water tanks, each with watertight sealable doors carry boats up and down. The original counter-balanced system was replaced in 1908 by an electric operation, but the lift now works hydraulically again.

No description can adequately convey the sheer scale of this engineering feat. The lift worked until 1983 when serious deterioration of the structure was discovered. Some £7m was raised to fund the restoration, which was completed in 2002.

The completion of the restoration was followed by the opening of an Operations Centre in 2003. This offers interactive displays, educational facilities, a gift shop and a coffee shop.

From April to October you can enjoy boat trips through the lift and along the River Weaver Navigation. - Canal and River Trust.

This is the view of the lift from the pov of the River Weaver. As a workshop, I will show a boat emerging from the upper tank onto the Trent & Mersey Canal.

Thank you for your interest.
Please take care to keep safe, before we completely beat this virus, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9446 W: 372 N: 21865] (85932)
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