Tavern Swing Bridge

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Tavern Swing Bridge
Tavern Swing Bridge

Photographed just beyond the current limit of navigation of the Ravenhead Branch, this is where the canal once passed from where the white vehicle is just visible at the left of photo, the keeping the rounded end building on its left it passed straight into the distance just to the right of centre along what is now called Canal Street.

It may be hard to imagine, but Tavern Swing Bridge once crossed the canal in the middle of this photo.

Waterway and KilometerageHELENS-RB 25.090.03
OS Grid ReferenceSJ 51009 95122
Date and Time160114 134107
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Ravenhead Branch – End of Navigation

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Ravenhead Branch - End of Navigation
Ravenhead Branch – End of Navigation

This will be the limit of navigation on the Ravenhead Branch when it’s restored.  Visitor moorings and a winding point are all that’s needed to complete this scene.  It;s more than 100 years since the branch continued behind the camera and later photos will show why restoration isn’t practical beyond here.

Waterway and KilometerageHELENS-RB 25.000
OS Grid ReferenceSJ 51082 95122
Date and Time160114 133826
Copyright ©Paul Balmer

Limit of the Ravenhead Branch

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Limit of the Ravenhead Branch
Limit of the Ravenhead Branch

The limit of navigation of the Ravenhead Branch of the St Helens Canal.  The branch once continued for around 650m (700 yards) further but that was more than 100 years ago.  Substantial developments across the former alignment mean this is as far as the canal restoration is likely to go.  This is a great place to finish as it’s the closest the canal gets to the centre of St Helens and a little ingenuity would soon create moorings and a winding point.

Waterway and KilometerageHELENS-RB 24.925
OS Grid ReferenceSJ 51174 95090
Date and Time160114 133643
Copyright ©Paul Balmer