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Lead theft at National Waterways Museum

Lead theft at National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

The National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port has become the latest establishment to be hit by lead thieves, adding to the growing number of occurrences of this crime in the Cheshire area.

Formerly known as The Boat Museum, the NWM plays an important part in preserving the heritage of the local area. Detailing the history of the vibrant trade hub and transport network that gave Ellesmere Port its name, the museum also hosts a diverse array of exhibitions and events throughout the year which provide fun and education for the whole family.

The lead was stolen from the roofs of Porters Row, a series of cottages which recreate the domestic details of life at the docks throughout several different time periods.

Porters Row Cottages at National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

The roll-top ridges atop the cottages sadly aren’t looking quite so authentic anymore thanks to the vandals who have stripped away the lead. Maxiflow will be repairing the damage and replacing the lead with a substitute which has no resale value.

It’s a sad blow to historic accuracy, but these measures will help prevent any further loss to an important institution.

Porters Row Cottages at National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

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