Friday, 28 February 2014

ICI MIDDLEWICH WORKS

ICI MIDDLEWICH WORKS in Brooks Lane. Photo courtesy of John Bailey/Bill Armsden. Reproduced with permission.
by Dave Roberts

This photograph of the ICI Works in Middlewich is dated 1962 and has been restored to near-mint condition by Bill Armsden, who writes:

This photograph taken in 1962 of the ICI Works which could be seen from Booth Lane and was located the right of where the Kings Lock Pub is.
Pochins now sits where this works was.

I have cleaned up and enhanced the picture and it is now almost mint. It is hard to believe that just over 50 years ago this dominated the view from St Anns and Kitfield Avenues.

Do you remember it? I do.



Bill says that the photo has the year 1962 written on the back, and was one of many copies given out to workers at ICI Middlewich when the works closed in that year. This particular copy belongs to John Bailey, who now lives in Knutsford.

I have a vague feeling that this photo may have been taken before 1962, as the buildings and apparatus on the site don't look exactly as I remember them at that time. Then again, I was only a youngster in 1962, so I may be mistaken.

Does anyone know if this is indeed how the works looked in 1962?

Here's a different view of  part of the works, courtesy of Bill Eaton:

ICI DISTILLER BUILDING


And a late 1950s view of the SUC Middlewich Branch, also from Bill Armsden's collection, which includes a glimpse of the works:

CANAL SCENE FROM THE LATE 1950s


Many thanks to Bill and also to John Bailey for allowing us to feature this historic photo.




Saturday, 15 February 2014

OPEN DAY AT LOCK 74, 23rd FEBRUARY 2014 (ARCHIVED)


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A chance to see the work of the Canal and River Trust as they maintain Lock No 74 (Middlewich Bottom Lock) on the Trent & Mersey Canal.

YOUTUBE VIDEO (by David Hough, Andersen Boats)




RIVER CROCO IN FLOOD, MID 1980s

Malcolm Hough of Andersen Boats in Wych House Lane has sent us some colour shots of the River Croco, which runs alongside the Trent & Mersey Canal as it makes its way though the middle of the town, during times of excessive rainfall in the mid-1980s

He writes:
'These photos are taken from colour slides showing the River Croco overflowing into the canal in the mid 1980's. We had lived in Wych House Lane for around 10 years when this happened, and it was the first time that we had witnessed this event, although we have seen it happen more than a dozen times since then.'



When the Trent & Mersey Canal was built in 1776 the River Croco, which had previously 'meandered all over the valley bottom' as it made its way through Middlewich, was channelled alongside the canal from Brooks Lane to the edge of Harbutt's Field where it joins the River Dane, and made to serve as an overflow for excess water from the canal. On rare occasions, however, the flow of water runs in the opposite direction, as we'll see in these photos.
This picture appears to have been taken from the concrete causeway which normally divides the canal and river. The position of the boats in the picture below will give an approximation of the viewpoint  In the distance, towards the cluster of whitewashed buildings on the Town Wharf, you can see that the water level of the river is beginning to get higher than that of the canal.
To the left we can see that the old Wych House Lane salt works has vanished, along with the C of E School, the Wesleyan Chapel and most of the other buildings on the site. The building of the Salinae Centre which now occupies a lot of the site was still ten years in the future at this time.


The second shot seems to have been taken from lock no 74 (also known as Middlewich Bottom Lock). Andersen's boatyard can be seen on the left hand side of the picture.


This photo was taken from the stern of one of the boats seen moored by the boatyard in the above picture. It can be seen that the level of the River Croco has now risen higher than that of the canal, and water has begun to pour in the 'wrong' direction. Note, centre left, the small whitewashed building with the chimney on the Town Wharf. This building disappeared suddenly a few years ago.


The final picture was taken further along the concrete causeway, closer to the Town Wharf and near to Seabank on the right. 
Malcolm writes: 'This was at the bottom of Joe Sproston's garden (off Sea Bank), where there was a rabbit warren.We never saw a rabbit for years after this flood. There is also a nice view of Hightown to the left of this image'. 

Sunday, 9 February 2014

MIDDLEWICH, BILLINGE GREEN AND CLEDFORD

Middlewich Station in 1963, three years after closure to passengers. Photo: H B Priestley From 'Disused Stations'

Our sister site, Middlewich Station, which campaigns for a new passenger service on the Sandbach-Middlewich-Northwich line, is celebrating a major update to Subterranea Britannica's Disused Stations site in which many more photographs of Middlewich Station, old and new, have been added, together with maps, timetables and examples of tickets etc. There are also two new entries on the line's other two 'stations', Billinge Green and Cledford Bridge.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

MIDDLEWICH PROM FAYRE 2014 (ARCHIVED)

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DIRECT EMAIL LINK: CHESHIREGOWNS@ME.COM

HOT OFF THE PRESS.......

Sunday's catwalk shows and demos:

12.30pm Elegance Dress & Beauty Boutique
1.15pm Cheshire Gowns
2.00pm Zyra Bridal Wear
2.30pm Spray tan demo with Niki 
Make sure you don't miss out!!

- Carole Moore

Saturday, 1 February 2014

CHESHIRE FOLK MUSIC WEEKEND JAN/FEB 2014 (ARCHIVED)

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THE MAGIC TINDERBOX at BYLEY (ARCHIVED)

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Helping fill the void between Christmas and the coming of Spring is the grand old British tradition of pantomime and one of the best in our area is the annual show at Byley Village Hall presented by the Byley Players.
This year they presented Peter Bond's Magic Tinderbox and, as ever, a splendid time was had by all!

Live links:
www.byleyplayers.wordpress.com

Email byleyplayers@live.co.uk

Byley Players' Facebook Page

The Byley Players in 'The Magic Tinderbox' Photo courtesy of Cliff Astles



Cliff Astles went to see the show and reports:



Tonight my good wife Barbara and myself went to the BYLEY PANTOMINE, and what a GREAT show it was. The  MAGIC TINDERBOX performed by the Byley Players is a real WINNER for ALL of the family. An excellent way to spend a cold winter evening. It was well acted, well sung, and very very funny!! My wife has fallen in love again with the "Mrs Duckling" played by Tyler Blay.  Where else can you spend time with the kids, out of the cold and wet weather, and enjoy family fun, as it used to be?