IF you look at the picture at the top of
the page in the same
way you would view one of those old ultra-wide school photographs -
that is, with the left-hand side looking north-west and the
right-hand side towards east - you will be able to get your bearings
on this widescreen view of the Weir Pool. That is, a panorama of 135
degrees or so.
The Weir what ? Like me,
you might know this area as The Willows, a name that goes back many
decades. But it became known as the Weir Pool
- accurate enough, but not so poetic.
The trouble is that there
many willows in the riverside area - the new Nantwich Riverside
Project people grew a lot more of the trees for
basket-weaving purposes, etc - and so it is perhaps not right for
one particular area to hog the name.
childhood, this area was popular with youngsters enjoying sunny
school summer holidays splashing about in the water. Mind you, the
polio epidemic of the 1950s-'60s didn't do much for its popularity
(water was a source of the polio virus).
area just below the weir is the River Weaver taking a detour round
the mill that is to the left of the pictures which include the weir.
The upper level of the river flowed on
to the mill and
drove the mill's grinding wheels as it
plunged through the mill race. The water still follows that