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Weston Point Lighthouse.

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A lighthouse was requested at the outlet of the River Weaver into the River Mersey, at Weston Point, near Runcorn, Cheshire, as early as 1796.

Records indicate that one was erected in 1810 but the red sandstone lighthouse built in 1843 for the Weaver Navigation Company was demolished in 1960. It stood adjacent to the now derelict church on the confluence of the Weston Point docks on the River Weaver and the Manchester Ship Canal.

A bell and reflectors were fitted in 1847 but the lighthouse was decommissioned in 1911. An aerial photograph of 1947 shows that the lantern had been removed leaving the tower looking sorry for itself.

In September 2003 I sailed past the site on a boat on the Manchester Ship Canal and whilst the vast ICI chemical works and salt silos are still there and the derelict Christ Church remains on its island, all trace of the lighthouse has now gone although the footprint of it is still there.

At the moment I cannot find any further information on this lighthouse, but I have seen a 1940s aerial photograph of it with the lantern removed; a photo of it taken from the Manchester Ship Canal, a photo of it when the Canal was under construction, and finally a modern artists impression of it. I failed to buy a postcard of it, shown above, which sold on eBay for £ 42-99.


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