Postcard Lock's Pool, Runcorn

Bridgewater Canal lock's pool, Runcorn

This is a coloured version of the postcard on the previous page--but it looks nice!

The water in a set of locks is "lost" to the lowest locks level whenever they are used. The lock's pool provided a good supply of water to make good this loss, without emptying too much from the canal itself. This line of 10 locks was known as the "Old Line", the original path of the Bridgewater canal down to the river Mersey. The fall was some 30 metres (100 feet) from the "top locks" to the river.
Today the lock's pool is no more, having been filled in at the same time as the locks themselves were. The houses shown here have gone and the pool area has become a football (soccer) pitch for children.

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The reverse side of this postcard had not been used, and is not displayed