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Preston Dock Curiosities

Preston Dock was constructed in late Victorian times. Now converted into Preston Marina, there are still historical artefacts around from its days as a dock, if you know where to look. Despite the fact that Preston is some 16 miles from the sea, the … Continue reading

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Sandy Holme Aqueduct, Thompson Park, Burnley

Two large horseshoe arches carry the Sandy Holme aqueduct over the River Brun as it flows into Thompson Park. Designed by engineer Robert Whitworth, it was constructed to carry the Leeds & Liverpool Canal over the river between 1790-6, long before … Continue reading

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Foulridge Wharf and Lime Kiln, Foulridge

Today Foulridge Wharf is a picturesque stretch of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. You can go on a canal boat cruise, have a drink and meal or just wander up the towpath, taking in the historical sites. Of particular interest  are … Continue reading

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St Helen’s Well and Cross, Whittle le Woods

St Helen’s Well was a much visited site for hundreds of years. Local people would collect spring water from it and also deposit offerings of metal pins. Destroyed in 1968, the well has not  been restored, but is now marked by a celtic stone cross and … Continue reading

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Burscough Wharf, Burscough, West Lancashire

Burscough Wharf was a  purpose built  canal horse site. It’s easy to forget that for many years the  boats on the Leeds and Liverpool canal had no engines, but instead were pulled by horses along the aptly named ‘towpath’. In recent years this formerly derelict site … Continue reading

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