Underwater Junction

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Underwater Junction
Underwater Junction

The picture is looking along the Gerard’s Bridge Branch towards the end of the navigation, with the start of the Boardman’s Bridge Branch heading left past the building.

Waterway and Kilometerage HELENS-BBB 22.970
OS Grid Reference SJ 56578 94883
Date and Time 160114 101213
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Hidden Junction

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Hidden Junction
Hidden Junction

The high water levels make it almost impossible to distinguish where the junction is. We are looking from the New Double Locks at the end of the Boardman’s Bridge Branch with the Gerard’s Bridge Branch running left (to the end of navigation) and right (to the main St Helens Canal).

Waterway and Kilometerage HELENS-BBB 23.090
OS Grid Reference SJ 51979 96225
Date and Time 160114 122954
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New Double Locks

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New Double Locks
New Double Locks

The bottom of the two lock staircase, known as the New Double Locks.  These were restored some time ago and have been allowed to deteriorate but still show what is possible. The exceptionally high water levels after heavy rain mean the lock is half full even though the bottom gates are open.

Waterway and Kilometerage HELENS-BBB 23.095
OS Grid Reference SJ 51979 96225
Date and Time 160114 122859
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Above the New Double Locks

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Above the New Double Locks
Above the New Double Locks

The two lock staircase at the end of the Boardman’s Bridge Branch of the St Helens Canal was restored some time ago but has been allowed to decline a little. It’s still recognisable as a working lock and helps boost the idea that restoration of the rest of the canal is possible.

Waterway and Kilometerage HELENS-BBB 23.200
OS Grid Reference SJ 51997 96132
Date and Time 160114 123318
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Causeway and Bridge

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Causeway and Bridge
Causeway and Bridge

The first bridge, with the light coloured railings, has been replaced by a causeway and the road level will have to be raised a little when the canal is restored.

In the foreground the position of the former railway bridge is easy to identify.

Waterway and Kilometerage HELENS-BBB 23.290
OS Grid Reference SJ 51996 96040
Date and Time 160114 123711
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Restored Branch

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Restored Branch
Restored Branch

There’s nothing to stop boats cruising along this restored section of the Boardman’s Bridge Branch in St Helens.

Note the straight edge to the bottom of the branches of the overhanging willow tree – marking the height to which the wildlife’s beaks can reach.

Waterway and Kilometerage HELENS-BBB 23.475
OS Grid Reference SJ 51994 95854
Date and Time 160114 124017
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