The Sankey Canal was opened in the mid-1700s to transport coal from the Lancashire coal mines connecting St Helens to the river Mersey. Like all canals the Sankey went into decline in the 20th century and was abandoned in 1963. Since then there have been efforts to restore it though as yet very little of the canal is navigable. In St Helens the remains of the canal are watered in a number of places though cut off from the rest of the canal. You can see my photos taken along part of the Sankey Canal here (and some in the town itself).