Monday we went down and up the Anderton lift. The 2 caisson hydraulically operated lift lock was originally built by Edwin Clark in 1875 to enable narrowboats carrying locally mined salt to transfer vertically down 50-feet from the Trent and Mersey canal to the River Weaver.
It was closed due to corrosion in 1983. Following local fundraising and grants from various organisations a 2 year-long £7m restoration was completed in 2002. It features a modification of the original hydraulic system, a lift control centre and visitor centre. The huge, but now redundant, weights used to counterbalance the caissons following conversion to electric motors in 1908 have been used to build a maze. The scheduled monument is in daily use.
It’s an awesome experience to be in a narrow boat floating in water yet be going down and up in an open topped lift!