The town swingbridge in Northwich was the first electrically operated bridge in the UK and was built in 1899.
Just look at the width of navigation. On the right bank is a hill of salt. In this part of the country not just here on the weaver, salt has been been way of life for many years.
There are 5 locks on the weaver inc Marsh lock that leads onto the Manchester Ship Canal. With a lock 225`x42` you could fit18 narrowboats in. The largest ship to navigate the weaver was the ST MICHAEL at 1080tonnes registered in Holland. Each locking takes apprx. half a million gallons of water.
I have never seen so many herons in such a short stretch of waterway. Unlike this one the others were on the bankside. Also seen were 2 kinfishers one resting on the rear of the boat moored in front. A cormorant was seen diving several times and after watching 3 dives he surfaced with a very large eel.