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Cruising the River Weaver

Hunts Lock at Northwich

Northwich from Hayhurst Bridge showing the former Flotel

The Anderton Boat Lift

Dutton Railway Viaduct

Onwards to Sutton Weaver

Panary arrives at Sutton Mill

Weston Marsh Lock

The Weaver is only navigable from Winsford Bridge to its confluence with the Ship Canal

Colin Edmondson's talks programme

Colin Edmondson is the Weaver Historian and is recognised as one the leading experts on the River Weaver. The majority of the images on our website have come from Colin's archives.

All Colin's talks are profusely illustrated with old and new photographs, maps and diagrams and delivered with the help of a digital projector.

All talks last about an hour with question time.

Costs are reasonable and you can contact him directly on 07721 620747

or by using our Contact Page.

Talk 1: ‘A look at the River Weaver through the ages’

This is an introductory talk looking at the history of the River Weaver and salt mining from 1670 to the present day. The content is sufficiently varied to be of interest to most audiences.

Talk 2 : ‘The engineering excellence of the River Weaver’

This talk looks at the proud engineering heritage of the River Weaver - the continuous improvements, the pontoon supported swing bridges, turbine operated lock gates and so on.

This talk lasts about 1 hour, maybe a little longer if you want more detail, and is better suited to an audience with an interest in general engineering.

Talk 3 : ‘A trip through time along the River Weaver’

In this talk you will take a virtual trip down the river from Winsford to Frodsham and Weston Point looking at past and present, presented as though you are taking a boat trip and stopping off for short guided history tours en route. Suitable for all audiences. (This can be delivered as a talk covering the whole navigable length of the river or just concentrating on your own preferred length of the river.)

Talk 4 : ‘Not so solid ground!' a look at the effect of salt mining at Marston and Northwich’

This talk is presented as a guided walk from the Lion Salt Works to the Anderton Lift along the Trent & Mersey Canal, looking at the history of the canal and the salt mining in the area and having a root around to see what can still be seen today. We return through the Anderton Nature Park, along the banks of the River Weaver and through the Northwich Woodlands looking at how the pumping of brine from the flooded mines changed the landscape of Northwich and Marston for ever and how it has been reclaimed as a country park.

Talk 5 : 'Salt and subsidence' a look at the effect of salt mining at Marston and Northwich’

'Salt and subsidence' is the story of salt mining, brine pumping and the resulting subsidence in the area around Northwich from 1670 onwards, including the worst industrial subsidence to occur in this country. This talk includes lots of old photos of collapsing buildings and salt works and huge holes appearing in the countryside around Northwich, so not for the faint hearted, especially those who live in Northwich or Marston!

Talk 6 : ‘One boat, two people, forty lorry loads’

A talk about my trips carrying grain from Liverpool and up the Manchester Ship Canal, just for something completely different!

Click here for details of Colin's Books


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What's On

  • 2019 Salt Towns’ Rally
    13th Sep 2019 - 20th Sep 2019

    A boat rally from Winsford, down the Weaver and on to to Middlewich via the Anderton Boat Lift ....

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  • Weaverham History Society
    University Primary Academy Weaverham

    You can learn more about the area with our society partner ....

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  • Discover the History of Mid Cheshire
    Weaver Hall Museum

    Explore the history of the local area at a Museum that is close to the River Weaver ....

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  • The Lion Salt Works
    A short walk from the River Weaver Navigation

    The Lion Salt Works, following a £10m restoration is now open to the public ....

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