An occasional series illustrating a Journey along the River Mersey
Just below the bridge in Widnes is Spike Island, a plot of land at the end of the Sankey canal that has been reclaimed from the most highly polluted and damaged place that it was and is now an area full of wildlife, boaters and walkers. The boats from here can lock out into the River Mersey and from here sail to many places around the island of ours.
This place was claimed to be the birthplace of the British Chemical industry and for many years the factories produced sulphuric acid, amingst other products, with no real concern about how they were pollutuing the environment. For 40 years, from the 1930s, the area lay derelict with very high levels of polution. The local council then decided to do something about it and the result is quite a pleasent place to be on a sunny day.
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