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Carr Mill Dam, St Helens

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Carr Mill Dam is situated north of St Helens town centre, on the A571 (Carr Mill Road), in Merseyside. It is the county's largest body of inland water, and offers picturesque lakeside trails and walks, as well as national competitive powerboating and angling events. It is home of Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club established in 1923 where club, national and international powerboat racing takes place.

The name Carr Mill traditionally came from the Norse word 'Carr' meaning marsh or fen. Once simply a mill pond built to power a corn mill the dam is shown on William Yates's 1786 Map of Lancashire, with the mill adjacent. The land itself belonged to the Gerard family and a lease details the permissions and extent of use of the occupants. The waters were expanded significantly in the 1750s in order to provide water to the Sankey Brook Navigation, about a mile away. The dam was further enlarged by the London and North Western Railway during construction and cast iron marker posts are still visible at two points around the dam.

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  • Lovely place to stroll around then have the option of a quick pint or soft drink on a waterside pub. Vert scenic, good wildlife too. 
    Lovely place to stroll around then have the option of a quick pint or soft drink on a waterside pub. Vert scenic, good wildlife too.  more »
  • Visited for the first time today with my dog. Such a nice nature walk. It was very peaceful sitting at the boathouse and then walking through the woodlands and around the dam. We entered behind the... 
    Visited for the first time today with my dog. Such a nice nature walk. It was very peaceful sitting at the boathouse and then walking through the woodlands and around the dam. We entered behind the...  more »
  • I visited the Dam on Sunday 14th August. The place was littered with broken bottles, empty beer cans and discarded food packaging. It was my first and last visit. Not pleasurable at all. 
    I visited the Dam on Sunday 14th August. The place was littered with broken bottles, empty beer cans and discarded food packaging. It was my first and last visit. Not pleasurable at all.  more »

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