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Thu 30  Nov 2017
The new Whittle-le-Woods Co-op on Chorley Old Road where the Duke of York Pub used to be is now open. I thought a photo from 10 years ago would be of interest and the same view today.

Whittle-le-Woods Co-op
30 Nov 2017

The Duke of York Feb 2007

Wed 29  Nov 2017
A lovely cold clear day for my walk in Cumbria. This view is of Great Gable and Styhead tarn on the right
Tue 28  Nov 2017
The Clayton-le-Woods Christmas tree was erected today by the Pines Roundabout on the A6.
Mon 27  Nov 2017
This morning visited Chorley United Reformed Church at Hollinshead Street, Chorley. The Church and associated building are due for demolition in the future.  
Chorley United Reformed Church, Hollinshead Street

Col Lawrence

Amos Fairbrother
Sun 26  Nov 2017

Yesterday the Whittle-le-Woods Christmas tree was erected on Waterhouse Green.
Last Mon 20th Nov I was cycling along the Grange-over-Sands promenade when I stopped by the old dilapidated Lido. On the wall was this picture so I photographed it for reference and ability to share on this site. The details are:
The 'Sunbeam' arrives at Clare House Pier, Grange-over-Sands c1910
The pier was built by Richard Bush in 1893 to serve steamers carrying trippers. The last boat to call was the 'Sunbeam' in 1910. The pier was destroyed in a gale 28th Oct 1923.
Sat 25  Nov 2017
The first of two visits to Astley Hall Chorley today. Early afternoon at Astley Hall, Chorley to see the exhibition of The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2017. They are in the exhibition hall and the prints are some of the finest nature images you will ever see. There is a charge of £2.50 but I believe it costs a lot to have the exhibition.  
Green Hydras (Hydra viridissima) by Alex Hyde, Derbyshire. They were dangling from the underside of a lily pad.
Broad Bodied Chaser Dragonfly Nymph by Neil Phillips. To reveal the detail from antennae to head 29 separate images were focus stacked to reveal the detail.
Some very illuminating goings on at Astley Hall, Chorley this evening. A bit of cold & rain didn’t deter the masses of hardy spectators from turning up to enjoy an amazing evening of free entertainment. Big thanks to Chorley Council and the Spark drummers.
The audience as Neil and Lizzie enact the diaries of Samuel Pepys


Astley Hall walled garden
Fri 24  Nov 2017
Flooding in the field by Kem Mill Lane seen on my morning walk
Thu 23  Nov 2017
Morning view across Morecambe Bay while on a walk from Grange-over-Sands to Cartmel

Walking through Chorley Town centre to see the Lizzie Jones evening gig at Trinity Church

An evening with Lizzie Jones and Neil as the tell the story of Samuel Pepys and his diaries that documented the mid 1600s

The audience as Neil and Lizzie enact the diaries of Samuel Pepys

Neil and Lizzie
Wed 22  Nov 2017
Third and last day of my ride from Hesket Newmarket to Carlisle

Hesket Newmarket in the rain

Carlisle Railway Station, drying my clothes
Tue 21  Nov 2017
Day two of my cycle ride and it is still raining

Rydal Water

Flooded road at Thirlmere.
Mon 20  Nov 2017
Heading for Cumbria to do a cycle ride from Oxenholme to Carlisle

Preston Railway Station 

There was so much rain I think the icon to the right is to indicate floods.
Sat 18  Nov 2017
The statue is Edward Stanley, 14th. Earl of Derby. The statue was erected after he donated to a fund set up to help out of work cotton workers who were suffering due to the cotton famine caused by the American Civil War.
The statue was vandalised in 1912 by a group of Preston Suffragettes. The leader of this group was Edith Rigby who arranged, but did not participate, in the act. The statue was tarred and feathered after the Earls son, the 16th Earl, opposed votes for women. Despite the Corporations best efforts to clean the statue, traces of tar still remain on it today.
Fri 17  Nov 2017
This afternoon I visited the site of the Buckshaw (R.O.F.) Pillbox that had just been demolished. It was originally part of the defences of the ROF Chorley. The Royal Ordnance Factory, Euxton was once a huge munitions factory employing around 35,000 people at the height of its production during WW2. In 1943 workers on the 928 acres site filled bouncing bombs for the famous ‘Dambuster’ raid on the German dams in the Ruhr valley.
The "Dam Busters" raid or Operation Chastise was an attack on German dams carried out on 16–17 May 1943 by Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron. It used modified Avro Lancaster Mk IIIs to drop bouncing bombs developed by Barnes Wallis and filled at Euxton.
The 1955 film "The Dam Busters" starring Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd was made about the raids.
There’s a lot more about Lancashire at war on the website below.

Site of the demolished pillbox

The pillbox in 2013

A rescued bouncing bomb designed by Barnes Wallis

Drawing of a bouncing bomb

Avro Lancaster

How the bomb was mounted
A cold, clear and frosty morning for my Whittle-le-Woods morning walk.
 This low level view is Factory Lane.
Thu 16  Nov 2017
Cycled to Preston and Winkley Square to see the former home of Edith Rigby. Edith Rigby (1872–1948) was an English suffragette.
On 7 July 1913 she set fire to Lord Leverhulme's bungalow at Rivington Pike. The property contained a number of valuable paintings.

A sunny ride through Avenham Park

Edith Rigby Plaque

Blue plaque to Edith Rigby in Winkley Square, Preston



Winkley Square

Edith Rigby (1872–1948)



I cycled home via the war memorial near Lostock Hall

Sun 12  Nov 2017
It was dark, clear and cold for my Sunday evening walk along the Leeds and Liverpool canal. I took some night photos at Whittle Springs and the bridge at Town Lane with my bike lamp to illuminate the foreground.

Whittle Springs bottom lock

Canal from Town Lane

Leeds & Liverpool Canal at Whittle Springs

It was a lovely sunny day for my walk to Withnell Fold to attend the Remembrance Sunday service in the memorial garden at 12 noon.
After an introduction by the Minister there were readings by Sophie and Joe.
Adjacent to the village used to be Withnell Fold Paper Mill. It produced high quality paper continuously from 1844 to 1967.
During WW1 83 men from the mill enlisted and 14 were killed.
During WW2 65 men & 1 woman enlisted and 5 men were killed.

Joe, Minister & Sophie
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

From "Ode of Remembrance" taken from Laurence Binyon's poem, "For the Fallen"

It is important that sacrifices in all conflicts are not forgotten.

Withnell Fold Memorial Garden
Sat 11  Nov 2017
The Sat 11th Nov 2017, 11am Armistice Day remembrance silence at the Clayton & Whittle-le-Woods War memorial was attended by several of the local residents. Afterwards Cllr Eric Bell and Bill Yates took several of the small wooden crosses into the adjacent St John’s graveyard to place them by some of the graves of a few of those killed and buried locally in the two World Wars. Of the 183 who went to war 118 were killed or died of their wounds.

Whittle and Clayton-le-Woods War Memorial

Eric and Bill

In St John's graveyard
Fri 10  Nov 2017

Wheal Betsy Engine House

Walking in the Dartmoor area. Today’s walk started by visiting the Wheal Betsy Engine House. The ancient silver-lead mine was re-opened in 1806. It was worked by water power until 1868 when this building was erected to house a Cornish Beam Pumping Engine. Until its closure in 1877 all pumping, winding and crushing or ore was done by steam power.

Made from silver from the mine 

On Brent Tor is the 13th century Church of St Michael de Rupe (of the Rock), Brentor, Devon.

Church interior 

Brent Tor
 and Church of St Michael.
Thu 09  Nov 2017
Clapper Bridge at Postbridge. probably dating from the 13th century.
I started todays walk in the Dartmoor area at Postbridge. I crossed this amazing Clapper Bridge over the East Dart River. Its slabs are over four metres (13 ft) long, two metres (6 ft 6 in) wide and weigh over eight tons each, making the bridge passable to a small cart. It was first recorded in 1380 but is probably older and was built to facilitate the transportation of Dartmoor tin by pack horses to the stannary town of Tavistock.
Tue 07  Nov 2017

A rainy walk along the Leeds & Liverpool canal this morning was still quite colourful.


Sun 05  Nov 2017
Bonfire night and managed to find a fire on Marsh Lane, Brindle
I had a choice; finish off some jobs in the house or head off for a local walk to enjoy the sunshine and late autumn colours. The correct decision was made and I headed off through Cuerden Valley with a packed lunch & my camera.
St Helen's Well memorial cross, Birchin Lane

Above Cuerden Valley
Sat 04  Nov 2017
A evening walk via Birchin Lane and Town Lane

Birchin Lane after the rain

Hardy drinkers at the Top Lock
drinking outside
Thu 02  Nov 2017
A view of the Langdales from Glaramara
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