End of the Blackbrook Branch

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End of the Blackbrook Branch
End of the Blackbrook Branch

There’s a small basin at the end of the Blackbrook Branch but nothing else to see.

Some old references suggest the adjacent watercourse was made navigable as the Blackbrook Canal for around 1km (0.6 miles) but there’s little to be seen today to support that possibility and there was never any waterway connection to that canal.

Waterway and KilometerageHELENS-BB 22.125
OS Grid ReferenceSJ 53315 97015
Date and Time160114 112727
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Stanley Mill

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Stanley Bank Slitting Mill
Stanley Mill

Just a short distance from the path along the Blackbrook Branch of the St Helens Canal is the partially restored Stanley Mill.  A slitting mill was established here in the late 18th century, which split iron bars into thinner rods which were eventually made into nails.

In the mid 19th century this was converted into a corn mill before being demolished in the early 20th century.

Waterway and KilometerageHELENS-BB 21.945.06
OS Grid ReferenceSJ 53461 96890
Date and Time160114 113542
Copyright ©Paul Balmer

Blackpool Road Bridge

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Blackpool Road Bridge
Blackpool Road Bridge

There’s very little clearance under Blackpool Road Bridge which carries a busy road across the canal.  Providing an opening bridge here will be very unpopular with road users which, together with the cost, means its unlikely the Blackbrook Branch will be restored for navigation in the near future, especially as it doesn’t lead anywhere.

Waterway and KilometerageHELENS-BB 21.645
OS Grid ReferenceSJ 53476 96550
Date and Time160114 111712
Copyright ©Paul Balmer