The Sankey (or St Helens) Canal

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Photo highlights of the Sankey Canal

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The history of the Sankey Canal

Also on Pennine Waterways:

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Waterways in Manchester and Salford

The Rochdale Canal

The Bridgewater Canal

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Sankey Canal

The Sankey Canal ran for around 15 miles from St Helens in Lancashire to Widnes in Cheshire, with short branches to Blackbrook and Gerrard's Bridge.

It was a broad canal with 7 single locks and two 2-rise staircase locks as well as two tidal locks onto the Mersey estuary.

The canal was closed in stages by 1963 as trade died off. The Sankey Canal Restoration Society is seeking to re-open the canal.

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These related books are available from - click or hover over links for details:

Sankey Navigation: The First Lancashire Canal

by T C Barker

Mersey and Weaver Flats

by Edward Paget-Tomlinson

The Hotties: Excavation and Building Survey at Pilkingtons' No.9 Tank House, St.Helens, Merseyside

by M. Krupa & Richard Heawood

The Duke's Cut: the Bridgewater Canal

by Cyril J. Wood

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