The Act authorising the Sankey Brook Navigation, as the Sankey Canal was originally known, was passed in 1755.
The engineer was Henry Berry who was the Liverpool's Second Dock Engineer.
Over recent years many attempts have been made to create other uses for the ancient hall, including a youth centre and, more controversially, a hotel. The cottage, Bewsey Hall Lodge, is a private dwelling.
The canal was responsible for shaping the valley, its environment and development from the late 18th century to the early 20th century.
It is stocked with a variety of fish, including rudd, bream, carp, gudgeon and perch.
In my senior school days in the second half of the 1970s, the canal banks formed part of our cross-country route from Bewsey Lock to what is now the A574 Cromwell Avenue near Callands, doubling back through Callands Farm fields and Bewsey Woods. Our games master always offered 2p to anybody who could beat him back to the school gym. We had a shorter cross-country route around Bewsey Woods and this came to my advantage.
Prior to the Hall being built, a monastic grange existed on the site.
A hall was first built on the site by William Fitz Almeric le Boteler.