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Top Locks, Runcorn c.1960

Top Locks 1960's

A postcard of the "top locks" canal basin on the Bridgewater canal probably from the early 1960's'. Gone are the working narrow-boats and barges. Pleasure craft now take their places, although not in such large numbers. By this time the old locks which ran down to the lower basins/docks had been closed and filled in. A road from the new high level road bridge spans the canal, (showing again how recent changes have cut swathes through the old town.) The Waterloo public house (left) was the pub which appears in the TV comedy "Two packets of crisps and a pint of lager". It is (2015) no longer a "pub" but is now a Buddhist Temple, the "Wat Phra Sing".