Looking back towards the start of the Ravenhead Branch where the Boardman’s Bridge Branch once continued from the left to pass straight on through the right hand bank, although the gentle curve today makes this look like one waterway.
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.
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.
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.