Trip to Sankey Canal
Date: 15th Nov 2021 @ 4:37pm
Y6 have been learning about canals which gave us a great opportunity to celebrate the rich history of St Helens. Most of the children were surprised to learn that the first modern canal in Great Britain was built in St Helens and linked our town to the River Mersey. The canal opened in 1757, was approximately 15 miles long, had the first two rise staircase lock in Britain and later (when the railways were built) the first viaduct in the country passing over it.
Although the canal is no longer navigable, we have enjoyed a visit to see it taking in the Steve Prescott Bridge on our way to see the canal and discuss the hotties where the water was so warm (due to the hot water discharge from Pilkington’s) that locals used to swim in it and it housed tropical fish.