Postcard Top Locks, Runcorn,in 1905 and today

Top Locks, Runcorn

This view is at the "Top locks" about 1905 and was taken from the Waterloo Bridge. This is the canal basin from which the boats entered the locks to descend to the Mersey, or into which they came after "coming up" the locks.

Many of the buildings shown here have gone, but to anyone who has watched the television programme "Two pints of lager and a packet of crisps" , the building on the left edge is the "pub" which appears in the series. It was a public house, the "Waterloo",at the time when the program was running, but hasnow become a Buddhist Temple, "Wat Phra Sing". The canal which is seen here is now crossed by a road bridge.

The writing on the front of the card reads :- The house with the "X" is where Mr Wood lives - that is the back. (This end building no longer exists.)

(Place your mouse on/off the picture to see the before/now scenes)
Today only pleasure craft, many adapted from the old narrow-boats can be seen


The message on the back of the card reads:-

24/10/05 Widnes
Dear Tina / Aunt Alice and I have been to see Mrs.C and Mrs Graham - Mr Word.
Now we are at Aunt Emilys. We crossed the new bridge. They are going to show us round. Best love to all from Mona.