We had heard about the Anderton Lift and Matt had hoped that we would have time on our return trip to go through our starting point and further on to see the lift. It wasn't to be in spite of a very early start to the day, so we unloaded everything off the narrow-boat and piled into Matt's campervan. (Sherie, Alyssa and the dogs had already gone home so it wasn't quite as crammed as it could have been!)
As always the 18the century engineering blew us away.
The lift was built to get the salt being transported along the river Weaver and onto the Trent & Mersey Canal. Previously it had been lugged from the river wharf and up the steep hill.
I think the big new 'invention' in the process was the hydraulics; water filled caissons which counterbalanced each other.
I think now it is electrically operated because of the heavy maintenance required with the corrosive effects of salt.
Use the above link to look at a quick overview of the whole Llangollen canal trip, courtesy Matt's edited time lapse video and some inserted still photos.