Joanne you cant beat Ince on a dull and gloomy day.
Comment by Scholes Malc on 10th May 2019 at 08:08
Never, ever - knew it as 'The Rabbit Rocks' as a kid always 'The Rockies'
Comment by SoniaB on 10th May 2019 at 08:34
Always known as the Rabbit Rocks to people from Ince and Hindley.
Comment by Alan on 10th May 2019 at 09:44
They are called the Rabbit Rocks by by Incer's because the rocks are in INCE and belong to them.
Comment by Arthur on 10th May 2019 at 09:50
Fogget the rabbit rocks, look at the engineering of the gearbox fitted to the canal lock.
Comment by Poet on 10th May 2019 at 14:48
I like that Incers think the Rabbit Rocks belong to them. It's like the Lakota Sioux holding the Black Hills sacred.
Comment by Rev David Long on 10th May 2019 at 19:24
It’s a terrible mechanism - it takes ages to wind up - and down. The original mechanisms were direct-geared - so each turn of the windlass moved the paddle up a notch - and you could drop the paddle without having to turn the windlass - you just controlled the descent. These ‘granny gears’ take endless turn to lift the paddle - and then you have to wind the thing down again. I saw some similar gears in use in France - the keepers used battery-powered socket drivers to operate them....
Comment by Julie on 10th May 2019 at 20:31
Poet , Did you read the book , Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee ?
Comment by irene roberts on 10th May 2019 at 21:10
The Rabbit Rocks. Memories of my Ince childhood.
Comment by Poet on 10th May 2019 at 23:14
Hi Julie, yes I've read that fine book and also seen the film version which I thought was less sympathetic to the Native Americans than the book though perhaps more objective.
My regards to you.
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