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By SUMBA - 22nd December 2016 12:34pm
On Sunday October 12 1958 a major breach occurred on the Middlewich Branch Canal between bridges 12 and 13 — at the site locally known as the viewpoint overlooking Church Minshull. At that time it was the largest known canal breach in the UK.
Over a three hour period five miles of water — 2,600,000 gallons — drained into the field and the River Weaver below. Until it was repaired in order to travel between Nantwich and Middlewich — 13 miles — all commercial traffic had to detour via the Trent & Mersey, Staffordshire & Worcestershire and the Shropshire Union canals — 88 miles.
Further details and photos plus British Waterways' report from their December 1958 In House magazine can be found on SUMBA's website's History page.
Photos courtesy of Brian Charlesworth
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