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The Anderton Boat Lift

The Anderton Boat Lift Mural

Entering the Boat Lift from the Trent & Mersey Canal

A Trip on the Edwin Clark

The Stanley Arms at Anderton

The ICI Works at Winnington

The Swing Bridge at Winnington

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

Anderton > The Lift > ICI > Winnington

Moor at Anderton and enjoy the Lift or walk back through Carey Park to Northwich town centre

The Anderton Lift opened in 1875 and was a wonder of its day.

It provides a means of lowering narrow boats from the Trent and Mersey Canal down to the river level and opening direct communications between Weston Point docks and the Potteries.

Two caissons full of water were supported on hydraulic rams and guided by a lightweight frame.

One went up as the other went down.

Corrosion of the rams led to a new framework being built over the original in 1908, with wire ropes passing over pulleys on the top now carrying the weight.

This structure was retained when the lift was restored but no longer carries any weight as the caissons are once again supported on hydraulic rams.

Be sure to take a trip up the Lift - either in your own boat or the trip boat Edwin Clark.

Close by is the Stanley Arms pub, which has served the boating community for many years with good beers and excellent food.

In 2010, the Anderton Boat Lift Mural was unveiled commemorating "The People who made it happen".

Downstream of the lift the river passes through an industrial landscape to Winnington Bridge which was opened in 1909.

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