It’s not a picture you see very often. It is just on the edge of the township. To the left is the barn of Red Bank Farm which was still farmed by the Alderley family who had been there since before the 1850s. In the centre distance is the tower of Christ Church.
The river looks peaceful enough but then as now could turn into a ranging torrent which sent flood water across the fields. It was in one such sudden outburst that the last cottages in Hardy not far from Jackson’s Bridge were so damaged that they were finally abandoned and demolished in the 1850s.
Picture; the Mersey circa 1910 from the Lloyd collection