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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 26th May, 2015)

Poolstock lock

Poolstock lock
Lock on the canal opposite St James' Church Poolstock

Photo: Dave (Oy)  (Nikon D800 with Nikon 50mm F/1.4 G)
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Comment by: Ken R on 26th May 2015 at 01:14

Good pic, walked around there many a Sunday with mt Bro in Law Jimmy. Lots of good memories. The locks nedd a clean up, take all the roots out to preserve the wood.

Comment by: Mick on 26th May 2015 at 04:36

Lock number one of the Leigh branch,
It would be nice for the canal boaters if British waterways planted some vegetation that was edible and could be picked by the boaters as they went through the locks

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 26th May 2015 at 07:29

Interesting photo, Dave. The lock gates look as though they are the original ones?
"The Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Leigh Branch) is a broad canal and is part of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. It runs for 7 miles and 2½ furlongs through 2 locks from Leigh Bridge No 11 (where it joins the Bridgewater Canal (Stretford and Leigh Branch)) to Wigan Junction (where it joins the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Wigan to Leeds) and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal (Main Line - Liverpool to Wigan)).

The maximum dimensions for a boat to be able to travel on the waterway are 72 feet long and 14 feet wide. The maximum headroom is 7 feet and 8 inches. The maximum draught is 3 feet and 11 inches."

BTW George Formby was born on this day in 1904 at 3 Westminster St., Wigan.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 26th May 2015 at 07:38

For 96 photo`s of Leigh Branch, see:-

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 26th May 2015 at 07:50

A Canal Cronology:-
states that the Leigh Branch was opened in 1820, so these gates are not original.

Comment by: John Morris on 26th May 2015 at 09:51

Quite right Ernest.This lock was rebuild about 30 years ago by Mowlem Construction. I did progress photography for them, I must see if I still have the negatives; if I can find them I will post them on the Album site.Good photo Dave.

Comment by: maggie on 26th May 2015 at 10:13

It is one of the best canals in the country, I should know, we sailed along most of them. I have such happy memories of this canal, both as a child & then as a boater.

Comment by: Julie on 26th May 2015 at 18:06

I always like a Dave Oy.

Comment by: Kas on 26th May 2015 at 18:23

Maggie, Do many people live, on their boats on the canals you mention, or is this frowned upon? Just a wonder.

Comment by: Maureen on 26th May 2015 at 18:59

It's a beautifully composed photo Dave..very pleasing to the eye.

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 26th May 2015 at 22:14

Ta folks :)

Comment by: maggie on 30th May 2015 at 11:32

There are far more holiday boats than the ones that people live on. There are several who do, but it wasn't for me. we had shared ownership which gave us 3 weeks each year - different times. There are some good companies who do holiday boats.

Comment by: Kas on 20th June 2015 at 15:32

Thanks Maggie.

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