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These stables were home to both horses and pigs at the docks. The displays inside show how horses were originally used to tow narrowboats and barges along the canal before the invention of the steam engine. 

Find out what canal horses used to eat, how the canals, their locks and bridges were designed to accomodate horses' needs and just how much boat people's livelihoods depended on the work of these strong and highly skilled animals.


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The bench beside the stables - possibly the best place to sit on a lovely sunny day!


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 Horse drawn narrow boat arriving at Ellesmere Port.
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