Monday, 21 June 2010

Northwich town.

After various wanderings we are back at Northwich to top up the store cupboard, we now have plenty of food but the diesel situation is getting tight.

There we are moored just below the lock, really nice moorings and only about a twenty minute walk from the town centre. I did remember the camera this time and here are some of the more attractive buildings in town

The Penny Black(Wetherspoons), it was once the main post office.

Northwich library.

The thing all these half timbered buildings have in common is that they are not ancient but date from the late 19th and early 20th century. There is a lot of subsidence here due to salt extraction and it was discovered that this style of building was flexible so when they started to sink they could be jacked up straight again and new footings put in underneath them. As older buildings collapsed this type replaced them and now a large part of the town centre is made up of them. One more example of Victorian ingenuity.

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