The picture was probably taken some time in the 1930s or 1940s. Perhaps someone with specialised knowledge of canal boats might be able to pin down the date more accurately by reference to the boats in the picture?
and the works itself appears in the background of this classic picture, which confirms forever my Middlewichian credentials and was taken in the days of too much hair and not much stomach, a situation which has now been reversed.
|DAVE ROBERTS 1966 Photo: Salt Town Productions|
UPDATE (12th December 2016):
|Photo: Northwich & Mid-Cheshire Through Time|
This is evident from this celebrated photo by Cliff Astles which also shows the modern-day area in its summer finery, all dressed up for the FAB Festival:
Dave Griffiths I would think that this photo is definitely pre-1950's. From memories as a child (late '40's / early '50's), the area on the right, between the end of Seddons and the slope up to the lock, didn't have the abutment shown, but was an area of overgrown air-raid shelters where we used to go blackberry picking. (December 2016)
Celia Burt My sister lived in the cottage, right of the lock. 1953...... (December 2016)