A few days ago a Canal and River Trust dumb barge with an excavator on it was being pushed northwards through Lydiate and it passed the end of our Lydiate garden.
A brief chat with the chap in charge of the movement led me to understand that work was going to commence just north of Jackson’s Bridge (where Hall Lane/Pygons Hill Lane cross over the LLC) on reclaying the canal over the small aqueduct that takes the Leeds Liverpool Canal over what I think is still called Sudell Brook at that point.
The brook is also the Lydiate/Merseyside boundary with Downholland/West Lancashire and I’m guessing that the canal has been leaking into the brook below it hence the need to reclay the canal. The photo below shows the dumb barge with the excavator in it on Saturday 14th April over the position of the small aqueduct.
There’s a lot of mud on this lane just after the junction with Eagar Lane going towards Jackson’s Bridge. Presently and for the past few days it has been thick and sloppy mud due to rainfall but if it freezes it will become treacherous – brown rather than black ice.
Guess it’s caused by the movement of large agricultural machinery coupled with heavy rain but watch out as many of our local lanes have mud on them and either rain or freezing conditions can turn them into ice rinks.
Do you know where Lydiate’s lost pub was situated or when it closed?
This is the present day site:-
It’s between Jackson’s Bridge and Billy’s Bridge alongside the Leeds Liverpool Canal.
And here’s another view looking in the direction of Jackson’s Bridge which carries Pygons Hill Lane over the canal:-
In fact the Anchor Inn or Arms, which was probably built in the 1860’s, disappeared a long time ago being closed, I understand, by the Magistrates Court in the early part of the last century. Robert Alty was described as Boatman and Beer House proprietor in the 1881 census.
The building is now part of a small group of isolated houses/cottages.
The second photo is also amongst my Flickr photos at:-
PS. If anyone can fill in the blanks about the history of this lost pub I would love to hear about it.