“The Wheels and the Water”


                          is an exciting new venture that has grown out of the first                                     Lymm Historic Transport Day.


It is a new book that  tells  the story of a village that was in at the start of the transport  revolution and it describes how  transport shaped Lymm both physically and socially.




 The Duke of Bridgewater’s canal carved a route  through the heart of the village in the 18th century.  In 1823  the building of a turnpike road resulted in  the creation of Lymm Dam.  From 1853 the railway was responsible for a new wave of  middle class incomers but eventually closed due to the rise of the car.  In 1887 work started on the greatest transport construction  project that the country  had ever seen - The Manchester Ship Canal causing massive local upheaval.  And in the mid 1960s  all of these ventures were straddled in one great sweep by the Thelwall Viaduct as the motorway  age dawned.


There are also the great schemes that never came to fruition like Lymm’s  Electric Light Railway.

There is murder and mayhem and the tragic tales of those who lost their lives in construction projects.   There are stories  too of amazing forgotten events like The Warburton Regatta.

Most of all it shows a village adapting and evolving as each new transport wave rolls in.


And finally the book remembers one day in June 2013 when the village celebrated its heritage with the first Historic Transport Day that brought craft and vehicles of every description as well as thousands of visitors pouring into Lymm.

This 128 page  book is lavishly illustrated with over two hundred images from the 19th century to the present day , many of them previously unpublished.  




Available from Laura's Choice,

Lymm Electric 



Costcutters Agden,

High Legh Garden Centre,

Urmston Bookshop (Flixton Rd Urmston),

Abacus Bookshop Regent Rd Altrincham

National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port

Anderton Boat Lift Visitor Centre

Waterstones, Golden Square, Warrington 


 Price £12


 You can order by post. 

Price £14.50 including post and packing. Cheque to Alan Williams.

Address Leckonby Cottage, 11A Whitbarrow Road Lymm WA13 9AG

Telephone 01925-754080.  


or finally you can buy it on                                    



£3 per copy from first 1,000 sold goes to Lymm Historic Transport Day Fund