Born in 1716, Brindley was apprenticed to a millwright in Sutton near Macclesfield, to begin a working career that started as a millwright and ended as the master canal engineer. A plaque on the wall of the property that is now a house records the fact but why no official blue plaque I wonder? Forty years after his death, the Gurnet Aqueduct was built to carry the Macclesfield Canal above the river valley there and it's a few steps down from there to the house.
Just as well, as the skies turned black while we were out, thunder rolled and we dived into the local pub for a couple of pints of Timothy Taylor's while the heavens opened before braving the dash back to the boat.
|You won't embarrass this nude sunbather in a canalside garden|
|A quiet side street, once the main road through Bollington|
|Wine bars and restaurants are now the local shops|
|Bollington's fine cricket ground with grass viewing terraces|
|The huge canalside Clarence Mill, one of just two left here|
|The canal aqueduct: uniquely the sides are built in stone|