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The River Weaver

mcginnly 10:15pm, 3 April 2008
What's the deal with the river Weaver? It isn't entirely artificial like the manchester ship canal, but an existing river made navigable for part of its length (known as the Weaver Navigation). It does have locks though and the flow is controlled with a system of sluices - should I include pics of it?
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Wider World 11 years ago
Apologies for the delay in responding - I have been away from home.

As you point out, there is a grey area between a canal and a river. My rule of thumb would be that the Weaver is a river; it is the strategic and economic significance of the Weaver which has caused the modifications you describe. Lots of modifications are made to rivers - re-alignment, dredging, drainage, wharfing, etc., but they remain the path of the water from the spring to the sea, and that is good enough for me.

Of course, it would be good to see photos of both the 'natural' Weaver, with the 'industrial' Weaver, assuming there is any natural Weaver.
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