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Anderton Boat Lift

By DicksPics
Today's images were taken during a 'Boys' Day Out' to the Anderton Boat lift in Cheshire.

The Anderton Boat Lift is a wonderful example of Victorian waterway engineering.

It is sometimes referred to as the 'Cathedral of the Canals'.

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

The original counter-balanced and hydraulically operated system was replaced in 1908 by electric operation.

V7, taken in the gift shop, shows what the original lift would have looked like.

The replacement system, designed by Colonel John Arthur Saner, required much structural reinforcement as the motors and huge double helical gear pulleys were housed on the top of the structure.

The lift was closed in 1983 when serious deterioration of the structure was discovered whilst it was being re-painted. The huge pulleys were removed from the top for safety reasons, as can be seen in V8

The lift now works hydraulically again, a result of its restoration
The pulleys have been restored to the top of the structure to give an authentic '1908 look' but have no operational function.

7m was raised to fund the restoration, which was completed in 2002 when the lift re-opened.

Versions 9 and 10 have been included to give some historical details the lift, its designers and their designs.

Many thanks for all votes, comments and wonderful awards(individual PMs sent) for my 'Packwood House and Gardens' upload - much appreciated, folks, as always.

Decorating has been taking up my time of late so, apologies for not viewing your photos as often as I would have liked.


Tags: Cheshire Photo journalism Anderton boat lift River weaver Trent and mersey canal

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16 Aug 2018 5:25PM
Excellent and interesting set of images
16 Aug 2018 5:26PM
A lovely captured set of shots with interesting detail Richard.
Jeff. SmileSmileSmile
16 Aug 2018 5:41PM
Excellent and interesting set Richard, lots of detail,
mistere Plus
8 9 4 England
16 Aug 2018 6:55PM
Fabulous Richard.

pks 17 2 England
16 Aug 2018 7:08PM
great set of images brings back some memories used to play tere sa a child

16 Aug 2018 7:09PM
Beautiful and interesting set.

In Belgium they can also do something about it
16 Aug 2018 7:17PM
a great and interesting set and write-up
16 Aug 2018 7:24PM
Super set Richard. Cathy
16 Aug 2018 7:34PM
A wonderful set with a great write up, Richard. Tops 👍

Dave 🦋
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
16 Aug 2018 7:46PM
A great example of the wondrous feats of engineering in Victorian times.
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2018 7:47PM
A really lovely interesting set
Tooma 5 2.2k 3 Scotland
16 Aug 2018 8:14PM
A good interesting set, Richard.
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2018 8:29PM
Stunning piece of Victorian engineering, and a wonderful looking set Richard.
16 Aug 2018 8:47PM
Them Victorians were clever folk. You have captured this so well Richard. The information is great. You are educating us as well as uploading excellent captures. Debs
16 Aug 2018 9:33PM
Excellent set of images Richard.

Great reminder of British ingenuity in the last century

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2018 9:41PM
I agree with Debs, I was fascinated with the images and narrative.
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
16 Aug 2018 10:01PM
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2018 11:17PM
Excellent imagery, such an interesting set...
Isabel GrinGrin
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2018 2:39AM
Fascinating set, great description.
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
17 Aug 2018 6:35AM
nteresting set Richard,
17 Aug 2018 7:20AM
Great interesting set with a magic writeup. Well done Richard.
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2018 8:11AM
An impressive and interesting set, Richard.

Irishkate Plus
11 45 121 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2018 10:31AM
I can't even begin to understand the engineering Richard - very informative set of images.
17 Aug 2018 11:00AM
Excellent set & good narrative RichardSmile
dimalexa 4 5 Greece
17 Aug 2018 12:41PM
Excellent and interesting set, Richard!
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
17 Aug 2018 12:43PM
A very impressive bit of engineering, and interesting story behind it too - very well captured and presented here, Richard Smile
Trev Smile
17 Aug 2018 2:04PM
A wonderfully informative set Richard. V6 my favourite image.

Nikonuser1 Plus
9 168 16 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2018 3:33PM
A great set of images RichardSmileSmile

17 Aug 2018 4:57PM
Superb set Richard.SmileSmile
17 Aug 2018 5:35PM
A great set of images Richard Grin

17 Aug 2018 10:35PM
Amazing ingenuity and engineering from the Victorian Era Richard , be wonderful to see it operating ! A stellar story and photo record.
Cheers Walt
MaryFaith 7 59 New Zealand
17 Aug 2018 10:54PM
Well taken and interesting set and narrative Richard
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
19 Aug 2018 12:33PM
Superbly captured set of this fascinating historic structure Richard

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