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Sat  30  Jun 2018
Early afternoon out for bike ride to Horwich. Looking across Lower Rivington Reservoir I could see the large moors fire on Winter Hill getting worse. The bottom of Sheep House Lane had been closed and then on to Jepson’s Gate where I could see the huge plume of smoke rising and being blow over towards Southport.

Winter Hill from Jepson's Gate

The smoke blocking out the sun
Fri  29  Jun 2018

Happy 50th Birthday to St John's School, Brinscall. Such a fantastic evening for a party & celebrations.

Happy Birthday
On my way home from Scotland did a short walk by Carbisdale Castle at Invershin north of Bonar Bridge, Scotland.
As you look across the Kyle of Sutherland you can see Carbisdale Castle. It was built between 1906 and 1917 by Mary Caroline Mitchell the Dowager Countess of Sutherland, "Countess Blair".

Carbisdale Castle
She became the second wife of the 3rd Duke and 18th Earl of Sutherland in 1889. After his death in 1892 a bitter family dispute broke out over the contents of his will. He had left almost everything to Countess Blair and in the course of this acrimonious dispute she was charged with destroying vital documents and earned herself 6 weeks in Holloway Prison.
At last a financial settlement was reached which included a condition that the Sutherland family build her a new home, to her specification, but outside the county.

At the time this site was in Ross-shire and ideal, but more importantly it would also be extremely visible to her late husband's family as they journeyed up and down the railway line to their Sutherland estates. She spent over £168,000 on the building and its contents (this is equivalent to £1.4 million today).

The 3rd Duke and 18th Earl of Sutherland's Private locomotive "Dunrobin"
Thu  28  Jun 2018
In Scotland to do some walking.

Loch Stack to Arkle and boat
Sat  23  Jun 2018

Afternoon walked to the Clayton-le-Woods Parish Council Summer Fair in the grounds of Manor Road School.

Summer Fair
Fri  22  Jun 2018
Happy Birthday and congratulations to Brinscall Baths on your 107th birthday.
I learned to swim at Brinscall Baths and a coach or chara (charabanc) would pick us up from Withnell Fold School every Friday morning, call at other schools in the area and take the children to the baths for swimming lessons. It was all thanks to Herbert T. Parke (1859 - 1917) of Withnell Fold who paid for it all. Thanks him we soon knew how to swim are drowning incident reduced.
Brinscall Baths were opened in 1911 but Chorley didn’t get their public baths until the late 1930s and that has now gone. Brinscall is still going strong and 9 separate schools around the area still sent their pupils for swimming lessons.
These Baths were built by Herbert t. Parke and given to the Withnell Urban District Council June 22nd 1911.

Herbert T. Parke (1859 - 1917)

Plaque inside the baths
Thu  21  Jun 2018

Cycled to Denham Hill, Brindle for the Summer Solstice sunrise. It was about 04:47am when the sun first peeped above Pendle Hill.
After returning from my Cumbria walk I drove to Bamber Bridge and the Hob Inn or Ye Olde Hob Inn as it is stupidly called. The reason was for a guided local history walk lead by Dr David Hunt who gave us a tour of sites and events of the Battle of Bamber Bridge in 1943. It was an outbreak of racial violence and mutiny that began on the evening of 24 June 1943 among American servicemen stationed in the British village of Bamber Bridge. During the Second World War Bamber Bridge hosted American servicemen from the 1511th Quartermaster Truck regiment, part of the Eighth Air Force. Their base, Air Force Station 569 (nicknamed "Adam Hall"), was located on Mounsey Road.

Hob Inn and start of the walk

2376 (Bamber Bridge) Sqn Air Training Corps. Last surviving building of the Army camp.

St Mary's Church interior Brownedge Rd.

Sunset on the logest day
I returned to Denham Hill in the car at 09:40pm to watch the sunset. This photo shows the sun sinking into the Irish Sea but there are some other features of interest. To the right is St Walburge’s Church, Preston. It is 6 miles distant and the spire is 309 feet (94 m) tall. It is one of the tallest structures in Lancashire. After Salisbury and Norwich Cathedrals it is the third tallest spire in the United Kingdom and the tallest on a parish church. On the middle horizon can be seen the tall radio masts at Inskip 13 miles away. The tallest masts are 180m (600ft) tall. It was 4 years ago (2014) since I last had such a good view.
Wed  20  Jun 2018
Lunchtime walk up Well Ln Brinscall to visit the site of photo I took of Steve in the late 1970s.

Steve in the late 70s

The same location today
Tue  19  Jun 2018
Had to abandon drive to Cumbria as front nearside brake calliper siezed and had to return. Fortunately Stocks Garage at Wheelton were able to help me out and fit new ones during the afternoon

Front nearside siezed brake caliper

New calipers fitted on 2 front brakes
Sat  16  Jun 2018

A very heavy rain downpour in whittle-le-Woods around 3pm

Extract from July 1883 estate plan

Boulder and cross near New Temple

Solomon's Temple farm ruin
I was out for a walk with my son up Well Lane above Brinscall and thought we’d check out the estate map of the Solomon’s Temple, New Temple area and the stone cross. I’ve not seen a cross marked on any map at that location. The map turned out to be very accurate and checking google earth it was possible to see the old land boundaries. I walked to the Stone Cross location shown and found a large natural boulder about 1*1.5m in plan. On the top was a roughly incised carving of a cross corresponding with that shown on the map. It is exactly the same size and style as the two merestone crosses near Brinscall Pinewoods. The main difference is this one appears to be a crude copy which is a shallow cut into the rock. You can just see it on the photo. Its position doesn’t correspond with any boundary so I can only assume it was carved on a whim.
Fri  15  Jun 2018
Heading home from my bike ride.
At Withnell Fold the Thirlmere Aqueduct line gate posts by the stocks have been broken. Apparently by a DHL van. It was was driverless at the time but fortunately didn’t collide with any cars. It’s been reported to both DHL and the council. The driver was confused and pretty shaken.

Thirlemere Aqueduct line gate posts
Thu  14  Jun 2018
Heading home from my bike ride.

Leaving Norwich Railway Station

Arriving at Manchester Piccadilly.
Wed  13  Jun 2018
Cycling on to the outskirts of Norwich

Passing the Old Forge

Old shoes

Approaching Wymondham

Wymondham level crossing
at the Railway Station

Wymondham Abbey

Wymondham Abbey
Wymondham is a market town in Norfolk. The Great Fire of Wymondham broke out on Sunday 11 June 1615 and destroyed much of the town. It was started by three Gypsies. Kett's Rebellion started here and was a revolt in Norfolk during the reign of Edward VI, largely in response to the enclosure of land. It began on 8 July 1549. One of the organisers was Robert Kett who was tried and hanged on Norwich Castle. His brother William was hanged on the church tower at Wymondham.
Wymondham Market Cross dates from 1617. 

The Market Cross is now the Information Centre
Tue  12  Jun 2018

Cycling through the village of Orwell on my way to Cambridge. I've also crossed the meridian into the eastern hemisphere.

Radio telescope on the way to Cambridge

River Cam in Cambridge

Reached Cambridge hoping to see their 'Bridge of Sighs' but the access wasn't open and would have cost £10.

Approaching Newmarket & this Queen's Statue that was unveiled in 2016 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to mark her 90th birthday.


Crossing over the old 14th century pack-horse bridge at Moulton, east of Newmarket.
Mon  11 Jun 2018
Morning cycle ride to Bletchley Park which was the central site for British codebreakers during World War II. It housed the Government Code and Cypher School.

Bletchley Park Mansion

Bletchley Park Mansion

Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park Mansion Aug 1938

A high proportion of Bletchley Park workers were women
Sun  10  Jun 2018
Reached “the Bridge of Sighs”, Oxford or more accurately Hertford Bridge the skyway joining two parts of Hertford College over New College Lane in Oxford. It was completed in 1914.

The amazing Windmill at Brill.
The first mill on this site was 1685 but this structure dates back to around 1865.
Sat  09  Jun 2018
Heading off with my bike to do some touring. This time I'm heading south. First to Preston and the train to Birmingham

My carriage from Preston was empty when we left at 06:17am

Leaving Birmingham

Nice terra-cotta in Knowle
Thu  07  Jun 2018

Morning bike ride over the Belmont Road where embankment rebuilding works are underway.
Wed  06  Jun 2018

A morning walk at Hurstwood Reservoir above Burnley

Hurstwood Embankment

The filter house is being converted

County Borough of Burnley 1923
An afternoon visit to Withnell Hall to take some more progress photos of the renovations

The main hall in 1900

The main hall area

Front view of the Hall

It was originally thought that the roof could be repaired but it cant so is being completely re-constructed

Evening drove to Wigan Archaeological Society. The presentation was by David Casserly about the Civil Wars in Lancashire (1642 to 1651)
He did the same presentation to Chorley Historical Society on Tue 10 March 2015.

David Casserly 
Tue  05  Jun 2018
A day walk in Cumbria. This is the old Coach Road to the east of Keswick.
Mon 04  Jun 2018
Returned to Corporation Park, Blackburn to the site of the cannon Battery.
The two cannons were donated to the town on the orders of Queen Victoria when the park was opened soon after the Crimean War of 1853-56. The pair of 24lb cannons (that’s the weight of ball that was fired) were captured when Sebastopol fell to the British and French. Hundreds of cannons were taken and many were given to towns and cities throughout Britain.
The women’s suffragette movement was well underway in 1914 and the cannons were cleaned then packed with about one-and-a-half pounds of explosive then fired, without a ball.
They left behind a brown paper parcel with a large piece of calico cloth inside. Written in blue pencil were the words: ‘Wake up, Blackburn!’

The Battery today

Old photo with cannon

The Battery today

Old photo with cannon
The Cottontown Website gives an excellent report.
By far the most interesting and unusual event involving a suffragette in Blackburn was the firing of the cannon in Corporation Park in mid-February, 1914. At about quarter past seven on February Sunday a loud bang was heard throughout Blackburn and even beyond. The house around the park were reported to have been shaken by the blast and the police and fire departments were overflowing with people wanting to know what was going on. Many people thought there must have been an explosion at the Addison Street Gasworks. There was an official statement to the contrary but it was not until Monday morning the truth was discovered. It was obvious that the cannon had been fired as someone had removed several years' worth of stones and gravel from the barrel. Also, the surrounding area was splashed with a yellow substance that indicated that the cannon had not been cleaned properly before use. Experts at the time reckoned that about 11/2 lb of explosive was used, not enough for a proper charge which would have moved the gun but enough to make a loud noise. People who were in the park at the time of the blast saw a flash of light and reckoned it was a lightning bolt. The cannon firing was blamed on suffragettes because on Monday morning a brown paper parcel was found next to the cannon. Inside the parcel was a large piece of calico cloth on which was written in blue pencil:
Wake up, Blackburn! The Labour Party who claim to stand for Justice and Freedom support a government that Tortures Women under the Infamous Cat and Mouse Act.
Sun  03  Jun 2018

The Battery. 213.5m above sea level, the battery was built to display two 24lb bronze cannon captured at Sebastopol in 1855 and gifted by Queen Victoria. They were sold for scrap early in WW2.
Cycled to Blackburn and Corporation Park. Had a look at the old Conservatory then the site of the old captured Russian Cannons from the Crimea which were sold for scrap during WW2.
Flora in Blackburn Corporation Park

Then cycled to Revidge, Mellor, Brindle to look at the plaque for a V1 bomb that landed on Gregson Lane on Christmas Eve in 1944
V1 Flying Bomb

V1 Flying Bomb
Sat  02  Jun 2018
In Astley Park, Chorley there has been a fountain by the access road from Ackhurst Lodge since the grounds and gardens were constructed in the 18th Century. The volunteer group ‘Friends of Astley Park’ have been working hard for some time to refurbish the fountain and bring it back to life. The original gravity feed of water comes from a nearby pond but has been blocked for many years.
Councillor Roy Lees, Mayor of Chorley Councillor Margaret Lees and Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP for Chorley.
The original cast iron supply pipe with lead sealed spigot and socket joints has now been cleared and able to supply the fountain without the need of a pump, using nothing more than gravity. One of the original researcher into the history of the fountain was Rosemary Boyd (1943 – 2017) who died last year.
Dedicated to Rosemary Boyd
Rosemary was a well-known historian and naturalist and so it was a fitting tribute to fix a stone plaque in her memory before the fountain was officially opened this morning Sat 2 June 2018 by Chorley’s Mayor Councillor Margaret Lees. The Mayor was accompanied by her consort and husband Councillor Roy Lees. Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP for Chorley also attended as well as representatives from some of the groups that Rosemary was a member of

Restored fountain

Plaque and fountain
Fri  01  Jun 2018
Morning cycled to Pleasington Crematorium to see the Book of Remembrance open at Dad’s name. He died 39 years ago.

Pleasington Crematorium

Book of Remembrance
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