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!!!

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 of WW1 to the late 1930s. The premises were ...Read full memory

A memory of Warrington by Stan Smith

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 locks. As a previous person has stated, the ...Read full memory

A memory of Warrington by Mike Brady

Victoria Park Latchford

I remember when there used to be a place in Victoria Park, Latchford, called `The Pavillion'. It had a row of bushes beside it - dividing it from a sunken paddling pond that had rather ornate brick walls around it ...Read full memory

A memory of Warrington

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History

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.