(This Diary Entry was first published on the 14th March 2012, and re-published in updated form on the 31st May 2013)
The Big Lock in Webbs Lane reopened in March 2012 following a major renovation and just in time for the tourist season. This old canal pub, which we've featured several times before in A Middlewich Diary, takes its name from the nearly Trent & Mersey Canal lock.
Many thanks to Cliff Astles for supplying the above photo of The Big Lock illustrating how the building of the new housing next to the pubs has restored the look of the area to something approaching what it was when the old condensed milk factory/silk mill stood in its place.
Whoever designed that new housing rightly concluded that the Big Lock building needs another tall building next to it to make it fit into its surroundings.
Take a look at the Big Lock in former days here (follow the links).
UPDATE (MAY 2013): On St Valentine's Day 2013 the Big Lock changed hands once more and was taken over by previous owners Ken and Jackie Pickles, who also ran it from 2008 - 2011.
The website for the pub can now be found at: