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Thu 20  Jul 2017
A The completed retaining wall by the tennis courts was re-built in May 2016
The far end of the wall in May 2016
Withnell Fold
A Withnell Fold tennis court being re-surfaced today
The tennis court in May 2016
The This afternoons view of St St James's Church Institute, Eaves Ln., Chorley being demolished
St James's Church Institute one year ago in July 2016

One year ago this was over the front door. Now its gone.
Tue 18  Jul 2017
With plenty of midges around I had to use my hat and net while setting off to walk around and over Schiehallion, Scotland.

Mon 17  Jul 2017
I visited Dunalastair House, Perth & Kinross. It was built in 1852 and has a date stone of 1858. It was vacated in 1952 after being used to house Polish refugees. The house in now roofless and ruinous but the external stonework is in excellent condition. I spoke to a local man who was tending beehives nearby and he told me of playing inside when as a young boy.
One of the front rooms had the remains of a grand piano crumbling away on the floor.
It must have been amazing when the roof was on.

Sun 16  Jul 2017
This weekend the ĎBare Bonesí exhibition started in the Astley Hall Art Gallery, Chorley. It has been developed by natural history exhibition specialists Blue Tokay and Bare Bones features a variety of skeletons ranging from animals like meerkats, dogs and lizards. It was nice to see so many children visiting and all were fascinated by the exhibits and various activities associated with them. It is on until Sep 2017 and definitely worth a visit especially for children.
Astley Hall

Astley Hall


Preston Rd A6 & St John's Church

Lion Skull

Gorilla Skull

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The Ironman UK triathlon returns and the athletes have already completed a 2.4mile swim. Shortly after 7am they started their 112mile bike ride which covers a 2 lap circuit which passes through Whittle-le-Woods twice. After that they will run a marathon of 26.2 miles.

The first rider through on Birchin Ln
 just after 8am

Birchin Lane, Whittle-le-Woods

The first lady cyclist throgh was Diana Riesler she finished 2nd.

Preston Rd A6 & St John's Church

Preston Rd A6 and The Bay Horse
Sat 15  Jul 2017
Drove to Goodshaw Chapel, Rossendale to meet Chorley Historical & Archaeological Society members for tour of chapel. CHAS member John organised it and local guide Harry told us about the history of the Chapel.
After lunch we had a walk around the old settlement of Gambleside.

Goodshaw Chapel, Rossendale

Goodshaw Chapel interior

Goodshaw Chapel interior

Goodshaw Chapel pews

Goodshaw Chapel1880

Chorley Historical & Archaeological Society members
at the open air Baptistry

From the ruins of Gambeside to Clowbridge Reservoir
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Thomas Hawksley (1807 - 1897) was the Clowbridge Reservoir Engineer. He also worked on the Rivington / Anglezarke Reservoirs for Liverpool Corporation.
Fri 14  Jul 2017
Family and friends gathered at Withnell Fold Chapel to say goodbye to Margery Searby (1st May 1926 Ė 23 Jun 2017). Margery lived in Withnell Fold village and remained in the village when her husband Jack died. Jackís funeral was also at the chapel on 17 Nov 2008. Daughter Pamela read from Corinthians and son John presented the Eulogy. We then went to Pleasington for the cremation.
Margery Searby c1950

Margery leaves Withnell Fold for the last time

Withnell Fold Chapel

Pleasington Crematorium

Family and friends gather at Withnell Fold Chapel
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Morning visit to Slaidburn.
The Hark to Bounty Inn

The Hark to Bounty c1910 from a glass lanternslide 
Thu 13  Jul 2017
Remembering Tom Simpson (1937 - 13 July 1967)
Who died 50 years ago today. Britainís first World Champion Cyclist died in the Tour de France while climbing Mont Ventoux, the thirteenth stage on 13 July 1967.
On Fri 15 Feb 2013 I cycled through Tom Simpson's home town of Harworth. I called at the cemetery to visit his grave and pay my respects.

Tom Simpson
(1937 - 13 July 1967)

The grave of Tom Simpson
Tue 11  Jul 2017
A day trip the Community Archives & Heritage Group Annual Conference at UCL (University College London) in London. On-line check before I left to drive to Manchester Piccadilly Rail Station showed parts of M60 & M602 closed due to Police incident. Good job it was early as I had to drive through Manchester centre to reach the car park.
From the train
The 7am train left on time but there was a hold up at Milton Keynes area due to another incident which turned out to be a suicide.
Although arriving in London 20mins late I was in plenty of time for the conference. The morning sessions were excellent but the afternoon less so. The 16:00 train home was on time but the traffic out of Manchester took almost one and a half hours to get home. It should have taken 30mins.

Euston Railway Station

UCL Lecture theatre
Sun 09  Jul 2017

Enjoyed an afternoon walk to Withnell Fold to watch the Withnell Fold Cricket Club International XI - vs - North West Allstars, T-20 Challenge Cricket Match.
As a young lad I used to watch the cricket on a Saturday afternoon but never understood the game. However, I was given pocket money to buy a bottle of pop and packet of crisps so that was my incentive. I still donít understand the game but everyone else seemed to. The facilities have moved on considerably with a barbeque, ice cream van, teas, sandwiches and an excellent bar. I didnít understand the need for a loud sound system blasting clips of music out whenever the play stopped. I suppose thatís me being a grumpy old sod.




The old Bowling Green is now a car park.
Sat 08  Jul 2017
When King James Ist of England visited Hoghton Tower in 1617 it was a hot and sunny weekend. This weekend 8/9th July 2017 he returned to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his first visit and brought the sunshine back with him. The King and his attendants were welcomed by many in period costumes making the whole event feel like time travel back 400 years.
James was the only son of Mary Queen of Scots and came to the English throne in 1603 after the death of Elizabeth I. He was also James VI of Scotland.
He survived the gunpowder plot of Nov 1605 and ruled until his death in 1625.

The King returns to Hoghton Tower after 400 years

The reception

The King returns to Hoghton Tower with attendants

Painting of the visit of King James I to Hoghton Tower
in 1617 by George Cattermole

After visiting Hoghton Tower I called at the Hoghton Book Fair in the Village Hall
I was blessed with sunshine for the Stones and Roses open garden day at White Coppice. Thanks to Raymond and Linda for opening their garden and organising the event.

Raymond Smith,
owner of Stones & Roses Garden Design 

White Coppice

Linda's vegetable garden was built using the last remaining cobbles from the White Coppice Cotton Mill. Raymondís Grandmother would have walked on them as she worked there. 3000 were used to build the garden.
Thu 06  Jul 2017

A morning visit to Haworth for a look at the Parsonage which was built between 1778 and 1779 and home of the Bronte family. It is now the BrontŽ Parsonage Museum.

The Haworth Parsonage

Parish Church of St Michael
Then a look in the Parish Church of St Michael which was re-built between 1879 and 1881. Below the floor are buried Emily Jane Bronte who died 19 Dec 1848 and Charlotte Bronte who died 1855.

Parish Church of St Michael, Haworth.
Wed 05  Jul 2017
This evening at Wigan Archaeological Society for a fascinating talk by Caroline Heaven about pewter made in Wigan.

Tue 04  Jul 2017

Seen in Asda.
Beatles for Sale in vinyl

The gatehouse to Astley off Southport Rd

Chorley Market has moved to the streets while the Flat Iron is being developed

The Chorley Preston Road edible garden is coming on nicely
Mon 03  Jul 2017
Morning caught 09:36 bus to Chorley then train to Manchester (£6.10 return) to have a look round Piccadilly area for parking options.
Rochdale Canal in Manchester City centre 

Artist finishing off her painting near Manchester Piccadilly Rail Station 

An  evening walk to Astley Park  for the Chorley Photographic Society model shoot.
Two others models were supposed to come but didn't turn up.

Many thanks to our lovely model Janette Cheng.

Janette Cheng
Sun 02  Jul 2017
A lovely sunny Sunday evening walk along the old canal by the car park off Town Lane, Whittle-le-Woods.

Sat 01  Jul 2017
Had a short morning walk to the Whittle & Clayton-le-Woods War Memorial to spend a few minutes at 07:30am remembering those who fought and died at the WW1 Battle of the Somme which started at 07:30am 1916, 101 years ago.  

Fantastic stage 1 of the Tour de France.
The fastest time in the individual time trail was Geraint Thomas.
The first Welshman to wear the Yellow Jersey.

The official opening of the Masons Arms Chorley was 4pm this afternoon. I walked there for 7pm and enjoyed a few pints of good beer at the right price. My drinks were £3.90/pint. Nick is the new Landlord & Dean was serving behind the bar. It was good to see so many people there for the first night.

Masons Arms
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