Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire was built in 1875 and was designed as a 50ft lift to connect The Trent and Mersey Canal with the River Weaver. Both waterways were hives of activity but at Anderton goods were taken from boats on the Weaver up the hill to the Trent and from the boats on the Trent chuted or carried down the hill to the River Weaver.
This was not productive especially to the pottery makers Wedgwood who transported their goods by canal and sending them down a salt chute often broke the pottery.
An engineer named Edwin Clark had a solution; a hydraulic lift to lift the boats up or down 50 ft to its neighbouring waterway.
Today, I went to see it. It is a majestic piece of engineering and … I even went up in the boat lift!
All photos are my own.