Water power on the River Dane has a long and distinguished history, greatly influencing the economic development of Cheshire.  Indeed, there are believed to have been more than 80 watermills along the length of the Dane, from Hug Bridge to Northwich where it joins the River Weaver on its way to the Irish Sea.  Although there is still plenty of physical evidence of their existence, not least in the form of weirs, sadly the power of the Dane has run largely to waste since the 1960s.  However, the need for clean, renewable power has brought about a renaissance in the form of small scale hydro-electricity and the Dane is awakening to carry out its work once again.

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