Photo of Warrington, The Knutsford Road Swing Bridge c.1960

Warrington, The Knutsford Road Swing Bridge c.1960

Neg. W29056

Memories of Warrington

Sad Demise

Sadly we see very few ships passing down the Manchester Ship Canal these days. When I was a kid I lived in Latchford not far from the locks. We used to spend many hours watching the ...Read full memory

A memory of Warrington by Ian Miller

Happy Times

The building at the top of the picture with the advert on was a grocers called Hendrey Millings. I worked there as a young man and had my first encounter with the opposite sex!!!

A memory of Warrington by Leslie Edge

Where Did It All Go ?

Catching gudgeon at Ackers Pit and taking them home in jam jar (they died!) Swimming in Bridgewater Canal "Dukes`s" would you believe at Grappenhall! Passing exam for Boteler Grammar and getting a new beach ball as a reward (all other kids had a new bike) Sorry dad ...I know we had no money.

A memory of Warrington by Harry Roscoe

Where Is This??

Marshall Gardens looks beautiful...where was it?? and why was it named Marshall Gardens....only ask because a lot of my ancestors were named Marshall!!!

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About this photo

The city of Manchester was the powerhouse of northern industry. The fact that all of its manufacturing products had to be shipped through the port of Liverpool – Manchester's arch-rival – dented the city fathers' pride. They demanded an outlet to the sea, and got one in 1894 at a cost of over £14,000,000. This superb new seaway, with its deep-water berths, brought Manchester a huge trading advantage.

The city of Manchester was the powerhouse of northern industry. The fact that all of its manufacturing products had to be shipped through the port of Liverpool – Manchester's arch-rival – dented the city fathers' pride. They demanded an outlet to the sea, and got one in 1894 at a cost of over £14,000,000. This superb new seaway, with its deep-water berths, brought Manchester a huge trading advantage.

Whenever the Chester Road and Northwich Road swing-bridges are opened to allow ships to pass along the Manchester Ship Canal, Warrington grinds to a halt; traffic tails back for hundreds of yards either side. When this picture was taken, things weren't so bad. In the background is the Latchford high-level road-bridge.

This is an excerpt from Cheshire Photographic Memories, by Clive Hardy

Manchester-bound, the 'Tarantia' passes through the Knutsford Road Swing Bridge towards Latchford Locks. A long way from his home port of Glasgow, the 'Tarantia's captain is escorted by a tugboat pilot more familiar with the difficult sections of the canal.