This view is at the "Top locks". The bridge is "Waterloo Bridge". The boats in the foreground were steam powered and could pull unpowered boats behind them. Horse-drawn traffic was in decline when this photo was taken.
On the other side of the bridge is the large basin at the end of the canal from where the narrow-boats entered the locks.
(Place your mouse on/off the picture to see the before/now scenes)
The today view is taken from canal basin side of the bridge, i.e. on the opposite side of the bridge to the old photograph. The wall which now blocks off the canal can be seen through the bridge arches. This wall is part of a road leading to/from the Runcorn/Widnes bridge.
The reverse side of this postcard had not been used, and is not displayed