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Spike Island



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.




Spike Island



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.




comments (13)

Let's go fishing ! smile The mono give a timeless atmosphere to this harbour scene.
Les Auld: I'm sure they do go fishing Florence, the one furthest away is an old fishing boat called "Norah Batty"
Lovely shot and a reprieve for the area. However we have to remember that the paints and the varnishes used on the boats are a result of the 'chemical industry'. Such is life. cheers richard
Les Auld: How true Richard, and many other things as well.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 21 Jan 2008, 08:46
Look at that sky, Les! Yes, I'm sure you did!! smile
Les Auld: Often Ginnie, often, thanks for the comment.
Very nice capture Les. Great lighting. I like the clouds formation
The local coucil seems to have done a good job
Les Auld: They did work quite hard to improve the area, there is a museum to the chemical industry behind where I was standing as well.
  • Ann
  • France
  • 21 Jan 2008, 13:11
They are all dreaming od the same thing ... sailing ... Nice composition and B&W !!! I love the clouds too ...
Les Auld: We should all dream Ann, thanks for the comment.
great tones and composition!
Les Auld: Thanks, appreciate the comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Jan 2008, 15:12
Excellent composition with the line of boats. I think I will save my typing fingers and just stick it into my likeys.
Les Auld: Please don't wear your fingers out Louis, thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight (UK)
  • 21 Jan 2008, 16:51
Nice work Les, well done
Les Auld: It was a pleasure Chris, thanks for the comment.
I find it very heartening when such places are revitalized. This looks like a very pleasant spot, beautifully captured, of course. What a dramatic sky. (:o)
Les Auld: So do I Rosalyn, regeneration and improvement helps us all in one way or another, thanks for the comment.
I think this is superb Les. The composition is a delight, the sky is perfect and the boats are full of interest.
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, appreciate your comment.
  • Blackdog
  • On the dreaded dial up again!
  • 21 Jan 2008, 22:03
Amazing how the earth can heal with a little care and attention - great photo and interesting read. Thanks Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Mike, it's not a bad place to wander around either.
  • Ellie
  • wet UK
  • 22 Jan 2008, 00:19
I know where that is smile

Oddly I think this picture has a post-war look to it, the little boats of Dunkirk sort of thing.
Les Auld: The front boat, "Nora Batty" probably dates from that era, thanks for the comment Ellie
Like very much your choice of B&W ! A great picture !
Les Auld: Thanks Zeb, glad you like it.

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