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Wed 31  Jan 2018
Newlands Church and the old school attached. The exact date of the origin of Newlands Church is unknown, but is believed to be some time in the middle 16th century. Christopher Saxton’s map of 1576 shows a church on the site marked "Newlande Chap."
The school was built on the west side of the church and opened in 1841. A modern plaque outside the school says it was built in 1877 but records confirm its construction in 1841.

Newlands Church, Cumbria

The old School building
The poet William Wordsworth and his daughter Dora visited Newlands Church in May 1826 while on a walking tour of the fells from Rydal Mount. In the summer of 1901, children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter was staying at nearby Lingholm and often had the Vicar of Newlands Church and his family to tea.

Newlands Church interior
Mon 29  Jan 2018
I was walking along the banks of the River Eden near Armathwaite, Cumbria looking for some stone carvings. The river level was too high to get to them but as I walked back through Coombs Wood I came across a stone sculpture called 'Vista' by Graeme Mitcheson. It is one of ten Eden Benchmarks sculptures along the river. This photo is a small part of it.
Sun 28  Jan 2018
Thanks to the Canal and River Trust plus their employees and volunteers I enjoyed a very informative visit to the Johnson’s Hillock locks open day. The occasion was the replacement of two sets of lock gates and visitors were able to descent into the depths of the lock while the canal was drained. Temporary steps and staging was provided so people could inspect the new oak gates close up.
The new gates were individually made at Stanley Ferry workshop, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. They are made from British Oak and weigh on average 3.6 tonnes each with a working life of between 25 and 30 years. The larger and heavier tailgates (at the lower side of the lock) cost around £38,000 a set.
I was delighted to see several sets of mason’s marks on some of the stones. The marks would normally be underwater and only visible when the canal is drained for maintenance.  
Each mason had his own mark and these were used to show supervisors who did which piece of work thereby providing quality control and assessment for payment. They can also be seen on many of the canal bridges.  

Mason's mark 
Sat 27  Jan 2018

Afternoon bike ride via Abbey Village and Belmont. Dean head Lane Rivington has been closed to cars near Alance Bridge while new water main and electricity duct laid for Barn conversion to a house.

This afternoon I called at The Farmhouse building by Astley Hall and Ambio’s Café to see the new exhibition “Chorley’s Past Coal Mining Industry” which is hosted by Heritage Centre Group. The centre is open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon – 3.30 p.m. & admission is free. The exhibition is on through Jan and Feb 2018.
A large map shows the location of many mine shafts in the surrounding areas and also several very close to the town centre.
The group has on display some of their archive of Chorley Guardian newspapers going back to the late 1800s. They are packed with news and information and I enjoyed reading a 10th Jan 1931 article about fog. An extract reads:
Lost in the Plutonian Mists.
Road Transport Gropes its way through Stygian Darkness.
Chorley lay fogbound during the earlier part of this week, and to add to the troubles of inhabitants "Jack Frost" gripped it with an icy clutch.

A more recent article was rather disturbing.
A Chorley Guardian extract from December 1949 may still have effects today.
Disused Mine Becomes 'Atom' Dump 'No Danger' says Ministry.
Birkacre Colliery has been taken over by The Ministry of Supply and is to be used as underground "Tip" for waste from the Atomic Research Station at Salwick.
It is rumoured that the shaft is to be utilised to dispose of "Spent" Uranium waste and that the chute will ensure that the "Waste" will be well and truly buried.

Stygian Darkness
Fri 26  Jan 2018

Fri 26 Jan 2018

Sat 26 Jan 2013
Five years ago on Sat 26 Jan 2013 Whittle-le-Woods was covered in snow. While on this morning’s walk I took a photo of the Millstones Monument, Chorley Old Road to compare with the same view exactly 5 years ago.

Out for a sunny bike ride. Photos taken are below.

Legacy House on Preston Road
The old Reservoir Pumping Station
A new extension on the left

Erskin Rd / Harpers Ln bowling green

New lock gates being filxed
Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Town Ln whittle-le-Woods

One of the new lock gates

A temporary access road has been constructed for the replacement of the lock gates by the Canal & River Trust. The new gates were made at the Stanley Ferry workshop in west Yorkshire out of British oak and lowered into place today.

The site on my evening walk
Thu 25  Jan 2018
As a young lad in the 1950s I pestered my parents to let me see the 1954 film ‘20,000 Leagues under the Sea’. They wouldn’t let me see it so I had to wait for the DVD to view it at home. But a TV screen is no match for the real thing. Today (Thu 25 Jan 2018) I managed to see it on the big screen. Prior to being Chorley Little Theatre the building was the Empire Cinema dating back to 1910.
Ironically ‘20,000 Leagues under the Sea’ was the last film it showed in 1958 when it was still the Empire.
The film starred Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas & Peter Lorre, produced by Walt Disney and adapted from Jules Verne's 19th-century novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. It won 1954 Academy Awards for Best Art Direction – Colour, Best Special Effects & Best Film Editing. For its time the scenes and effects were astonishing.

Chorley Little Theatre in the rain

Interior with new seats and floor
Tue 23  Jan 2018

Afternoon caught bus then train to Manchester to the Home centre to see the film ‘The Mountain’. The new complex is centred on Tony Wilson Place where there is a statue of Friedrich Engels (1820 – 1895) the German philosopher, social scientist, journalist and businessman. There was no information board to say who the statue was.

Friedrich Engels (1820 – 1895)
Engels came to Manchester in 1842 and went on to chronicle the depths of poverty in the city, in his work ‘The Condition of the Working Class in England’, which was published in 1845.
Engels co-wrote The Communist Manifesto, with friend, Karl Marx.
In 1845 pair spent the whole Summer studying at the same desk, in Chetham’s Library.
The desk is still there today.

Old film projector
Thu 18  Jan 2018

Lint Mill at Invervar

Deep snow & snow shoes
I reached the valley bottom and visited the ruined Carnbane Castle, Invervar.
The following information is from the Scottish Castles Association website.
Carnbane Castle, Invervar is described in 'The Lairds and lands of Glenlyon', published in 1886, by Duncan Campbell, a native of Glenlyon.

Carnbane Castle 
He describes it as "...a square, or rather oblong, tower, vaulted and loopholed, with a wide hospitable looking chimney in the west gable, and a round tower with cork-screw stair butting out from the adjacent side".
The date of Carnbane's construction is unknown. It is believed to have been built by Duncan Campbell of Glenlyon, otherwise known as "Donnachadh Ruadh na Feileachd" or Red Duncan of the Hospitality (a rather unusual style for a Campbell). His date of birth is also unknown, although it is recorded that he died in 1580.

Carnbane Castle

Each wall has a gunloop

Nearer to Invervar I crossed a field to visit a walled graveyard called Cladh Chunna on the map. It means (St.Cunna's cemetery)
Wed 17  Jan 2018

Driving to Scotland to do some walking. There was a lot of snow on the M74 yesterday and many motorists were stranded overnight near Abington Services.

The car park at Abington off the M74 
Tue 16  Jan 2018

Afternoon walked to  Shaw Hill Club to donate blood.
I know some people aren’t able to donate but many are and nationally less than 3% donate. To explode a myth they don’t take a pint but around 0.47lt. A pint is 0.56lt.
After you’ve donate a nice person gives you a drink of tea, coffee or juice. There is also a table full of a huge variety of chocolate biscuits and snacks and they don’t care how many you have!
Mon 15  Jan 2018

A rainy morning walk along Factory Lane, Whittle-le-Woods.
Sat 13  Jan 2018

??, Barbara, Bill, Eric and Peter

This morning Whittle-le-Woods Councillor Eric Bell officially opened the third village ‘Book Swap’ kiosk at the junction of Hillside Crescent and Chorley Old Road. It has been converted from the old Telephone Box. As well as an excellent selection of books there is also an emergency defibrillator. Books are available for villagers to swap or borrow so please make use of this excellent free facility. The other Book Swaps are on Waterhouse Green and Town Lane/Halls Square (near the canal bridge).

Cllr Eric Bell

Enjoyed an evening walk with my camera, tripod and head torch to provide illumination.

Carwood Lane footpath

Hillfoot Cottage

Lower Copthurst
Wed 10  Jan 2018
I enjoyed a morning walk above the west side of Thirlmere, Cumbria to visit the bothy also known as Countess Ossalinsky's Summer House.

Countess Ossalinsky's Summer House

Countess Ossalinsky's Summer House interior
Tue 09 Jan 2018
Evening at Chorley Historical & Archaeological Society for first meeting at our new venue at Chorley Trinity Church Hall, Gillibrand Walks off Devonshire Road. I gave my new presentation on NE Nepal and Lumba Sumba La.
Sun 07  Jan 2018

The old toll building on the Leeds and Liverpool canal at Town Lane bridge, Whittle-le-Woods. I used my tripod to expose for 20 seconds and used my head torch to illuminate the foreground.

St James' Church, brindle seen while out on bike ride

St James' graveyard
Sat 06 Jan 2018

An evening walk along the canal between Town Land and Whittle Springs
Fri 05 Jan 2018
Had an interesting walk around Hollingworth Lake near Littleborough.
The lake was originally built as the main water source for the Rochdale Canal but developed as a tourist resort from the 1860s and became known as the Weighver's Seaport.
Hotels were built around it and tourism was helped by the arrival of the railway in 1839 which brought day-trippers and weekend visitors from Manchester, Bradford and Leeds.


Captn Webb used to train here

Hollingworth Lake postcard

Tourist steamer
Thu 04 Jan 2018

The Seathwaite Road, Cumbria in the pouring rain.
It is officially the wettest place in England.
Mon 01 Jan 2018
My first photo of 2018 taken shortly after midnight at a camp on the west side of Great End, Cumbria near Lambfoot Dub. The 10 second exposure showed moonlight in the cloud and my head torch to illuminate the tent.

My tent just after midnight. 

First coffee of the year

The tent just before packing up camp.

The stretcher box at Sty Head

Descending the Corridor route path

Taylorgill Force
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