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Tue 31  Jan 2017
Out for a bike ride.

The road subsidence work near Brandwood Fold, Wheelton continues but is now nearly finished.

Repair work at Mon 9 Jan 2017 

Repair work at this morning

I continued my ride to Fenscowles

Feniscowles Hall seen from the road

The Hall before decay
In 1812, Sir William Feilden built Feniscowles Hall on a piece of land surrounded on two sides by the River Darwen and protected at the rear by a steep rock face.
The Manor of Feniscowles was purchased in 1798 by Sir William Feilden (1772 - 1850) from a Thomas Ainsworth. Sir William was the 3rd son of Joseph Feilden and Margaret Leyland of nearby Witton Park who made their fortune in the cotton industry. In 1812 he built Feniscowles Hall on a piece of land surrounded on two sides by the River Darwen and protected at the rear by a steep rock face.
Sir William, also a cotton manufacturer, became MP for Blackburn in 1832 - 1847 for both Liberal and latterly Conservative. He was ennobled in 1846 as 1st Baronet Feilden of Feniscowles. He died in 1850.
His second son was the Arctic explorer Henry Wemyss Feilden (1838 - 1921)
The 1851 census shows Lady Feilden and 9 servants at the Hall. The eldest son, William Henry succeeded to the Baronetcy but later bitterly complained about the pollution that was fouling the River Darwen. He lost a long dispute with the Local Health Board and moved to Scarborough in 1877, dying in 1879.
The Hall remained empty for some time with attempts made to use it for functions such as weddings. By 1930 it was left to decay and this was exacerbated with the advent of World War 2 when lead from the roof was used for the war effort. Decay continued leaving the ruined shell that remains today.
Part of my route was along Audley Range, Blackburn. I stopped briefly at number 331 to pay homage to A. Wainwright, a special fell-wanderer who was born 110 years ago this month.
He was ("A.W.") Alfred Wainwright MBE (1907 – 1991) a British fell walker, author and illustrator.
His seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells published between 1955 and 1966 are still the standard reference work for 214 of the fells of the English Lake District. Other have tried to copy or improve on his work but nobody has come near.

Mon 30  Jan 2017
Morning made sandwiches for lunch time walk. Walked via Carwood Lane and on to Birchin Lane to photograph St Helens Well Stone Cross monument. Walked along newly surfaced paths through Whittle Spinney and past the Old Lime Kiln. Home alone Chorley Old Road.
St Helens well Stone Cross monument

Limekiln and path
Sun 29  Jan 2017

On a bike ride this afternoon I called to see the War Memorial at Lostock Hall
Sat 28  Jan 2017
On my Saturday evening walk I took this photo of the Top Lock Pub by the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. It is interesting to note that it contains three Parishes. The canal bridge parapet is in Whittle-le-Woods, the canal and Top Lock Pub are in Heapey and the towpath to the right is Brindle.

Rain this morning for my walk

Preston Road A6

Dolphin Brow, Chorley Old Road
Fri 27  Jan 2017
Early this morning there was a terrible fire that gutted ‘The George’ pub on the corner of St Thomas’s Road and Market Street Chorley. Fortunately nobody was hurt. Many people passing commented on the ‘Real Fires – Warm Welcome’ notice to the right of the door. At its height eight fire engines from across the North West attended the blaze.
The George pub

'Real Fires – Warm Welcome’
Thu 26  Jan 2017

Whittle-le-Woods, Millstone Monument  this morning

The same view exactly 4 years ago
Sat 26 Jan 2013
Wed 25  Jan 2017

This morning I visited a very special Ordnance Survey Trig Post to the east of Brough, Cumbria.
It is the ‘Last Post’ and marks the end of a 26 year project to re-survey Great Britain. On it a plaque reads:
Ordnance Survey - Thorny Gale.
The last observations for the retriangulation of Great Britain were made at this Trigonometrical Station by Mr F.A.P. Joyce in the 4th June 1962.
There are 11,678 such stations and the first observations were made at Cold Ashby in Northamptonshire on the 18th April 1936.
Tue 24  Jan 2017

An early morning frosty walk along Factory Lane.
Sun 22  Jan 2017
Loch Quoich dam built in 1955 measures 38m high and 320m long.

Sat 21  Jan 2017
The view from Sgurr Mhaoraich (1,027m) above Loch Quoich looking east.

Fri 20  Jan 2017

On my way to Scotland to do some walking.

Glen Coe

Loch Quoich hydro reservoir
Wed 18  Jan 2017
Time starts here. Have you wondered where Britain’s national time signal comes from? At Anthorn, on the Solway Coast, Cumbria are three atomic clocks and an antenna system of thirteen masts, each 227m (745ft) tall. If you have a radio controlled clock or domestic appliance that sets its own time then this is where the signal is transmitted.

View across the Solway Coast to Scotland
Tue 17  Jan 2017

This afternoon did a gig at Abbot Hall, Grange-over-Sands. Showed my Dhaulagiri trek.

Abbot Hall

Who’d have thought a low level view of a manhole lid could look picturesque?
Sun 15  Jan 2017
I was stuck in the house most of the day due to rain but by evening the rain eased and I went for a bike ride through Heapey and up Chapel Lane. As I was passing St Barnabas Church I noticed the floodlights made it look picturesque in the mist so I stopped to take some photos.
The original church dates back to the mid-16th century and is said to have been rebuilt 1740, enlarged in 1828 and partly rebuilt again 1865.
A Ceremonial Trowel still exists with the inscription "Presented to Richard Wood Esq Brinscall Hall on the occasion of his laying the corner stone of the enlarged Church of St Barnabas in the Parish of Heapey 27th August 1864"

Sun 14  Jan 2017
It was very atmospheric for a dark rainy morning walk before breakfast

Factory Lane in the early morning rain

The footpath between St John's and Church Hill, Whittle-le-Woods
Sat 14  Jan 2017

Night view of Carwood Lane footpath by torch light

Hill Park on this evenings walk
Fri 13  Jan 2017
It’s Friday the 13th, there’s been some snow and what is left is freezing on the roads and pavements. I was quite slippery on my morning walk through Whittle-le-Woods so as Sgt Phil Esterhaus used to say on the TV series Hill Street Blues - 'Hey, let's be careful out there'
What happens when you try and take a photo in a snow blizzard

Outside St John's School, Whittle-le-Woods
Thu 12  Jan 2017

Low level rainy view of Factory Lane, Whittle-le-Woods.
Wed 11  Jan 2017

Walking along the coast near Silloth I stopped to eat my sandwiches and watch the sun trying to break through the clouds
Mon 09  Jan 2017

The A674 Higher Wheelton near Brandwood Fold being repaired

A674 Moulden Brow, newly painted boundary marker Mar 2012

The same bounday marker this afternoon
I often stop at the bridge on Factory Lane, Whittle-le-Woods to peer over the parapet into the River Lostock. While on this morning’s walk I thought I’d take a photo showing the river, bridge and drain discharge pipes using the street lights and my torch to illuminate the foreground.

Factory Lane, Whittle-le-Woods
Sat 07  Jan 2017
A dark foggy morning is not good for driving but can be very enjoyable for a walk and sometimes provides interesting photographic opportunities. This morning’s walk through Whittle-le-Woods was a bit drizzly but felt relatively warm at 7degC.

The top of School Brow 

St John's Churchyard 

Waterhouse Green & we still have our Christmas Tree
Fri 06  Jan 2017
The Whittle-le-Woods Christmas Tree on Waterhouse Green.
Thu 05  Jan 2017
The ISS (International Space Station) is now visible most mornings as it passes overhead. The ISS orbits at an average altitude of 248 miles above the Earth and circles the globe every 90 minutes at a speed of about 17,500 mph. This photo was taken this morning as is descended into the east above St John’s Church, Whittle-le-Woods. The ISS is the short diagonal line to the right of the church and not the jet trail across the full width of the photo.

After the earlier clear morning I went for a sunny walk up to Great Hill
Wed 04  Jan 2017
A view of trees by the River Dee between Sedbergh and Dent then converted of painting effect.
Sun 01  Jan 2017
My night was spent in my tent on the summit of Hurst Hill above White Coppice so I had a good view of the New Year firework displays.

Firework display across Chorley seen from Hurst Hill

My first coffee of 2017

Gloomy morning view of Winter Hill

The same view on Jan 01 2010

Distant view of Black Combe, Cumbria 53 miles away.
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