The Wheels and the Water: The Story of Lymm's Journey Through the Transport Revolution
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The Wheels and the Water is the story of a village that was in at the start of the Transport Revolution. It tells how transport shaped Lymm and the lives of the people who made it their home. 124 pages with over 200 images from 19th century to present day.
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The text is well researched and entertainingly written and I was so engrossed I finished reading the book cover to cover in one sitting. I must admit that I have a keen interest in canals particularly the local Bridgewater canal and the Manchester Ship Canal so the book was of great interest in that respect but I'm also interested in social history and the book also tells the fascinating story of how transport (Road, rail and canal) has moulded the town and affected the lives of local people.
In short, whether your interest is transport, people or just local history I would recommend this book without hesitation. A great read, a great source of information and wonderful pictures.
Lymm is a village that never quite grew to become a town because of its proximity to Warrington, Altrincham and Knutsford and, of course, the great city of Manchester. But its proximity also meant that it stood on the route of the arterial transport system of the North West as it developed through the Industrial Revolution, and its character was changed by that transport system from agricultural settlement to industrial village, to destination for day trippers, to dormitory village. In turn it was to house the Bridgewater Canal, the Manchester Ship Canal, the railway and the Thelwall Viaduct, and at various times it would be chopped up, bypassed and expanded as a result of those changes.
The Wheels and the Water combines an excellent selection of historical and modern prints and photographs with a text that effortlessly balances the great sweep of history with the particular stories of individuals in a style that manages to be both light hearted and informative. The illustrations are copious and well chosen to complement the text and, for its price, the book is very attractive and well-produced.
The Wheels and the Water was produced as an outcome of Lymm Transport Day, which itself is an aspect of the excellent Lymm Festival. It is an example of local enthusiasm and community-mindedness that still manages not to be parochial. I would recommend it strongly to the general reader as well as the specialist.