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Sat 31  Mar 2018
By the war memorial in Foulridge is an interesting ring headed cross adjacent. It is known as Tailor’s Cross and also called Maiden’s Cross. It was once much taller and dates from the Norman era of the 1100s.
The cross has been moved over time. Henry Taylor's book on Lancashire crosses describes it as standing “on a little hill, by the roadside about one mile north of Colne Parish Church”. Foulridge Parish Council’s website says that it stood beside Kirk Bridge (in between Foulridge Lower and Upper Reservoirs).

Maiden's Cross
 
Wed 28  Mar 2018

Falkirk Tunnel
As part of the Union Canal in Scotland the 630m long Falkirk Tunnel was designed by Hugh Baird and was built between 1818 - 1822. It pre-dates the railway tunnels and is the oldest tunnel in Scotland.
Two Irishmen came over to Scotland to work on the canal and tunnel and became well known for other activities. They were Burke and Hare who committed a series of 16 murders over ten months in 1828 in Edinburgh. They sold the corpses to Doctor Robert Knox for dissection at his anatomy lectures.
When the Falkirk wheel boat lift was being completed in 2002 lighting was installed in the tunnel. The lights were upgraded to LED coloured lights in 2016.
Sun 25  Mar 2018

A morning bike ride over Belmont and Rivington 

St Peter's Church Belmont

Rivington Road

The same view in Mar 2013
Late morning caught bus to Bamber Bridge by the Railway Station and went for walk via Shuttling fields. Found a new tenon top gatepost and some old cast iron retort gateposts.

Found a tenon top gatepost near Tottering Temple Farm

Forty Steps down to the River Darwen

Old cast iron retorts used as gateposts, Forest Fields Farm

Old cast iron retorts used as gateposts, near Forest Fields Farm



A evening walk along the old Lancaster Canal from whittle Springs to Town Lane, whittle-le-Woods
 
Sat 24  Mar 2018
Out for a bike ride and passed some roadside memorials on the way

Near Mellor 

Further Lane 
 
Fri 23  Mar 2018
Colonoscopy check up with pictures of my insides.
 
 
Thu 22  Mar 2018
Digitising some old 35mm transparencies today.
This is a solo wild camp in Torridon, Scotland, Jan 1984.
My equipment was fairly basic and cooking was on a small paraffin stove.
The photo was taken on Kodachrome 64 film with a Nikkormat FTn camera which was propped on a rock with a clockwork delayed action shutter release to take the photo.
Wed 21  Mar 2018
On a walk in Cumbria I reached the remains of the old Wythop Chapel.
a marker stone inside reads ‘SITE OF WYTHOP OLD CHURCH’ It looks more like a gravestone and dates from 1904.
On Sunday, 24th July, 1904 the Rev. P.N. Kennedy dedicated a Memorial Stone in the ruins of the Old Church at Kelsick.

Wythop Chapel in 1865 just before its demolition

Wythop Chapel site today

1904 memorial
 
Mon 19  Mar 2018
Late morning made sandwiches then drove to White Coppice and walk up to Jack’s stone shelter to eat butties. Walked back same way and had a look round the area of Drinkwater’s farm ruins. Back at white Coppice drove to Walton Summit and left car at Three Nooks and walked via motorway underpass to new’ish house near Pippin Street on site of old reservoir then via Chesham Farm and back to car.
The stone shelter that Jack built

Carvings near Drinkwaters Farm

Pippin Street, house on the site of the old reservoir
 
Sun 18  Mar 2018
A bit of overnights snow and sub-zero temperatures (-2degC) made a picturesque walk through Whittle-le-Woods. I’m glad I was on foot and not in the car.

Chorley Old Road

Waterhouse Green

Preston Road A6
Sat 17  Mar 2018

Out for a sunny but cold and windy bike ride to Horwich then home via White Coppice

White Coppice 
 
Fri 16  Mar 2018


Heading home after a very rainy and snowy few days walking in Scotland. Called at a very rain Queens View (Queen Victoria) above Loch Tummel then to the Schiehallion road with the intention of staying there. The snow was so bad I only just got through to Aberfeldy. The pass south over the A826 was even deeper in snow & the snow plough was out. My stopover points are no longer available.

Rainy Queen's View

Loch Tummel

A826 south of Aberfeldy



In desperation I then visited the Crieff Visitors Centre which was full of tat. Fortunately there was an interesting exhibition on about the Drovers and Drove Roads.

Crieff Visitors Centre
 
Thu 15  Mar 2018
 



Hidden away in the scots pines on a hilltop to the south of Aviemore, Scotland is a very interesting cairn. In a small alcove with a spectacular view of the Cairngorm Mountains is a plaque.

Kinrara Waterloo Cairn in Alvie, Scotland
It reads:
To the memory of Sir Robert Macara of the 42nd Regiment, or, Royal Highlanders, Colonel John Cameron of the 92nd Regiment, or, Gordon Highlanders and their brave countrymen who gloriously fell at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815.
Erected by the most noble the Marquis of Huntley August 16th 1815.



Lieutenant-colonel Sir Robert Macara (1759 – 16 June 1815)
On the 16 June 1815 at the Battle of Quatre Bras, just before the Battle of Waterloo, Macara was wounded during an engagement and as he was carried from the field was taken prisoner by a party of French soldiers. His decorations gave him away as an officer of rank and he was killed on the spot.

Kinrara Waterloo Cairn alcove

During the Waterloo Campaign, Cameron's 92nd Foot alongside the 42nd Highlanders, 1st Royals, and 44th East Essex formed General Pack's 9th Brigade of Sir Thomas Picton's 5th Division, and were among the first troops to march out of Brussels at daybreak on 16 June 1815. On that day, when leading his regiment in an attack on an enemy stronghold, on the road to Charleroi near the village of Quatre-Bras, Cameron was mortally wounded. He was buried there at the side of the road to Ghent road. His remains were later removed and brought back to Scotland and buried in Kilmallie Kirk, Corpach.

Colonel John Cameron of the 92nd Regiment, or, Gordon Highlanders

Battle of Quatre Bras, just before the Battle of Waterloo

Further along the same hill is a tall monument column to George, Duke of Gordon, General in the British Army who died 28 May 1836 age 66.

General George Duncan Gordon, 5th Duke of Gordon (1770 – 28 May 1836) Marquess of Huntly.

George Duncan Gordon Memorial
 
Sun 11  Mar 2018



It’s Mother’s Day so cycled to Pleasington Crematorium to plot ‘H’ where Mum’s ashes are. Continued via Pleasington, Hoghton and Brindle to ride home.

Pleasington Crematorium

Plot 'H' where Mum's ashes are

An evening walk to Mum's bench at Withnell Fold for butties and fask of coffee
 
Fri 09  Mar 2018
Morning walk from White Coppice to the mere stones (ancient boundary stones) above Brinscall. They were mentioned in the Hoghton papers dated Apr 1697. They have a cross cut in them and denote the Hoghton Manor boundary that coincides with the ancient Gunolfsmoor estate. There were originally 5 but now only 2 remain. The higher one is easy to see and adjacent to a public footpath. The lower stone is by the river (boundary between Wheelton and Heapey) but was overgrown and I had to dig it out.

The lower stone after digging it out of the heather 

The higher stone

Afternoon visited the South Ribble Museum in Leyland to see the curator Dr David Hunt. We chatted about a new exhibition that is being planned for later this year on the first public water supplies into the town in the 1880s. The first water supply reservoir was built in Clayton-le-Woods and was demolished in 2013 to make way for new housing. I gave the museum some of my images to help with the illustrations and it was nice to see two of my photos of the reservoir interior enlarged to huge prints.
 
Thu 08  Mar 2018



A short heavy morning fall of snow brought the traffic on the A6, whittle-le-Woods to a standstill. By late morning the snow had stopped and started to clear.

The A6 Whittle-le-Woods

A6

By the War Memorial




Whittle and Clayton-le-Woods War Memorial

Tue 06  Mar 2018
Caught train to Liverpool Lime Street. Walked to museum World Museum for the Chinese
Terracotta Warriors exhibition. Had a look round museum first before allocated time of 13:30.
The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.
They were discovered on 29 March 1974 by farmers digging a water well approximately 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) east of the Qin Emperor's tomb mound at Mount Li (Lishan)


Liverpool Lime Street Rail Station

Liverpool Lime Street Rail Station

Entrance to the Terracotta Army


From the Museum

Entrance to Terracotta Army


Reconstruction of the army being made


Black Knight was designed in the 1950s as a research rocket. It was built to test the heating effects of the atmosphere on the Blue Streak ballistic missile.

Black Knight

 
 
   
Sun 04  Mar 2018
I was very sorry to hear of the death of Sir Roger Bannister at the age of 88. He was a hero from my youth and I remember watching him run the first sub 4 minute mile (3m 59.4s) on our TV in 1954. His run was assisted by Sir Christopher Chataway and Chris Brasher. His record didn't last long as it was bettered by the Australian John Landy the following month with a time of 3m 57.9s.
l/r Chris Brasher, Roger Bannister & Chris Chataway.

Roger Bannister runs a mile in under 4 mins.


Enjoyed an evening walk through the tunnel under the aqueduct that used to carry the old Lancaster canal over the River Lostock. Then through the concrete pedestrian underpass crossing the M61 motorway.

Under the M61 motorway

River Lostock in the stone tunnel
Sat 03  Mar 2018

Heading for the ferry at San Sebastian, La Gomera and the journey home
 
 
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