Historic Sowerby Bridge and Pye Nest
Rams Head on Wakefield Road
This is the steep, narrow road known as Chapel Lane which linked Bolton Brow with the canal bridge at the corner of the gasworks. The property around Chapel Lane formed part of the old industrial area of Sowerby Bridge, and in former days was part of the Skircoat township. It gets its name due to the fact that at the top corner stood the first Bolton Brow Wesleyan Methodist Chapel which was used as a Sunday school and as a day school. It has since been an Assembly Hall and the headquarters for the Salvation Army. At the bottom of the hill is the Navigation Inn which is obviously named after its surroundings.
Opposite the Inn is the terminus of the Calder and Hebble canal, completed here around 1760 and also the Rochdale canal, completed around 1792.When these waterways were at the height of their success and numerous boats were daily completing their journey, The Navigation Inn would be a popular social centre.
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