Narrowboat Tacet

Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Monday 2 September 2013

Back on the Bridgewater

Yesterday we went to the service at the Main Street Community Church in Frodsham.  It is a building of a type known as ‘Tin Tabernacles’, a timber framed building clad in corrugated tin, which were quick and cheap to build, and could be put up to meet the needs of a locality where there was no church building for them to use.   This one however was used as a chapel of ease and for the parish church congregation whilst their building was out of action.  A few years ago, when alterations were being made to the side road and housing developments being carried out nearby, the whole building was moved sideways a few feet, only possible because of the timber frame and the ability to lift it from its base.

Weaver (2)

After a walk around the town, see last year’s post on Frodsham, to save repeating myself!, we made our way back to Tacet and enjoyed the return journey back to Anderton.

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Playing with different settings on the camera…..




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And so this morning we were the first up the lift with nb Inanda. Once at the top we saw that Huffler, Jola and Charlotte were moored up, and so went along to speak to them, and were invited on board Huffler where we chatted to Tony and Margaret about the Lancaster Canal, and Ian had a tour of ‘the engine room’, Tony’s pride and joy.

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The lovely approach to Barnton Tunnel




Then it was back along the Bridgewater to Preston Brook where we turned down to Runcorn, the sun came out and made for a very warm afternoon walk to look for the old Runcorn locks (well site of) which took the canal down to the Manchester Ship Canal.

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The line of the old locks down the the MSC and the Mersey just beyond it. There were 10 double locks here.




Bridgewater, Runcorn (11)


Bridgewater House was built in 1771, near the lower end of the flight locks leading from the Runcorn basin of the Bridgewater Canal to the River Mersey. It was the occasional residence of the Duke of Bridgewater when he was supervising the building and operation of the Runcorn branch of the canal.


After which it was a very pleasant evening’s cruise back out of the town to a quiet spot to moor for the night. We must make the most of any warm evenings we get now, there won’t be many more this year.

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Sunday, Frodsham – Anderton, 10 miles, 2 locks

Monday, Anderton – Runcorn, 1 miles, 1 lock, 1 boat lift

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