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Warrington, The Knutsford Road Swing Bridge c.1960

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

Warrington, The Knutsford Road Swing Bridge c.1960

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Memories of Warrington

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!!!

Latchford Locks

I used to stay with my Aunt at Brian Avenue during the late 1940s early 1950s and whilst there my daily activity was to cycle to Latchford and watch the boats passing through the ...Read full memory

A memory of Warrington by Mike Brady

Ike Smith''S Hardware And Bicycle Store

My grandfather, Isaac Smith, had a hardware and bicycle shop on these premises, known universally as the 'Tudor Cottages', from some time towards the close ...Read full memory

A memory of Warrington by Stan Smith

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

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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.