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Sun 31 Mar 2019
Morning cycled to Dean's to change the oil in my Rohloff speedhub

My Rohloff speedhub 14 after the oil change

Rohloff inner workings
Caught bus Chorley Little Theatre for 16:00 and 16:30 showing of the film Bohemaian Rhapsody. It’s the 5th time I’ve seen it. The theatre was sold out as was the evening performance.  

Sold out
Sat 30 Mar 2019
Drove to the Atlantic Wall on Sheriffmuir.
The Atlantic Wall is close to the Sheriffmuir Road and was used to test weapons as preparation for the attack on the Atlantic Wall in Normandy.
A series of concrete defence structures built along the west coast of Europe from the northern tip of Norway to Spain. Its purpose was to protect against an anticipated Allied invasion of mainland Europe from the British Isles.
In the spring of 1942 the scheme for encasing all Europe in a solid girdle of concrete had one overall title: Atlantic Wall (German: Atlantikwall). The wall was constructed by the Germans, using slave labour, between 1942 and 1944.
During WW2 British Military Intelligence gathered information about the German’s Atlantic Wall – its size, structure and the materials it was made of. For a successful seaborne invasion into occupied France the Allied Forces knew they would have to break through these German defences.
A great deal of effort was put into developing technology to achieve this, including the specialised tanks – known as “Hobart’s Funnies” – developed by Major-General Percy Hobart.
Vital information came from the French Resistance, and other sources such as aerial photographs. This enabled accurate mock-ups of the Atlantic Wall to be built in various locations in the UK. These were used for military training and testing prior to D-Day in June 1944.
Dunblane Museum heard of a local man who had, in 1943, been involved with the construction of the wall at Sheriffmuir.
In August 2012 Gordon Drew sent a letter about his time in Dunblane. He apologises that his memory is not as clear as it was:
“49th Division came to Scotland in July 1943 for training in its role of assault division for the Normandy landings. The various units of its infantry, artillery, engineers, etc were located in all areas across the country from Ayrshire to Inverness, and moved around training sites such as Rothesay, Tighnabruach, Inverary, Dunblane. In late 1943, I spent 3 weeks in Dunblane with my platoon from 756 Field Coy Royal Engineers.”
Info from

Tobruk Shelter

Atlantic Wall

Flooded bunker below the Tobruk Shelter

Map from the Forth Naturalist and Historian publication volume 22
Fri 29 Mar 2019
View of Schiehallion
Mon 25 Mar 2019
Cycled to Bamber Bridge. The Hob Inn is having a new thatch roof fitted after fire last year. Passed Sirloin Inn Hoghton which was boarded up. Apparently there had been a fire on 2nd Feb 2019.

Hobb Inn

The Sirloin 
Sat 23 Mar 2019
This morning I wandered up to the Rivington Seven Arch Bridge for the 11am opening of the Gardens and Pigeon Tower after extensive restorations. At 11:30 our local MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle cut the tape by the Pigeon Tower to make it official. Representatives from the Lottery Fund and United Utilities were also there. Some pigeons were then released. It was great to be able to see inside the Pigeon Tower which was built in 1910. I hadn’t been inside since the 1960s when there were no useable floors.

The first official visitors at 11am

Outside the station

The Pigeon Tower built in 1910

Top of the spiral staircase

The top floor of the Pigeon Tower is the sewing and music room used by Lady Lever.
The top floor of the Pigeon Tower is the sewing and music room used by Lady Lever. Above the fireplace in a circle are the letters WHEEL which are the initials of William Heskth and Elizabeth Ellen Lever. Below is the family motto: MUTARE VEL TIMERE SPERNO - "To change or to fear I spurn"

Local MP Sir Lindsay Hoyle cut the tape by the Pigeon Tower to make it official. Representatives from the Lottery Fund and United Utilities were also there.

Cutting the tape

Releasing the doves

View from the top floor

Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP
Mon 18 Mar 2019
Evening at brindle Historical Society for David Ratledge's talk on Roman Roads.
Sun 17 Mar 2019

Cycled to Denham Springs Farm Lower Copthurst to buy local milk from the fridge in the yard. Paying by honesty box.
Sat 16 Mar 2019
Not the sort of weather I wanted for the start of my final stage cycling to Edinburgh
Sun 10 Mar 2019
14:30 at Leyland and the South Ribble Museum for local history walk let by Dr David Hunt. It was based on an old map dated 1740. We finished in the Parish Church.

Vicars of Leyland

William Charles Baldwin

Dr David Hunt in the Parish Church Leyland

The Old Tramroad Bridge over the River Ribble.
1862 view by Thomas Lynch

The tramroad bridge has now been closed
Thu 07 Mar 2019
Drove to Preston for 7am and left my car at the taxi firm car park on Manchester Road £2 for the day. Walked to Preston Rail Station to catch the 08:03 train to Glasgow. I waited at Glasgow for the 12:00 noon guided tour of the underground area of the station conducted by Paul Lyons and his long beard. An excellent tour. Caught the 14:40 back to Preston

Glasgow Central Railway Station

Outside the station

Paul Lyons and his amazing tour

A long abandoned platform
Wed 06 Mar 2019
A view from inside the cave in Borrowdale where Millican Dalton (1867 - 1947) used to live.
Sat 02 Mar 2019
Morning at South Ribble Museum to hear a lecture by the curator Dr David Hunt
On the upper corridor wall is this print of:
The South Prospect of Preston, in the County Palatine of Lancaster.
Engraving by Samuel and Nathaniel Buck (1728)
This evening I was out on a walk via Lower Copthurst, Whittle-le-Woods. The rain had just started as I crossed the bridge over the River Lostock. I stopped to take a photo and was reminded of and unfortunate fatal accident 148 years ago.
This spot was the scene of a terrible incident in 1871. The Brindle Workhouse would soon be closing as the new Workhouse in Chorley neared completion.

Lower Copthurst
Samuel Stancliffe, the last master, had been appointed to set up and run the new workhouse at Eaves Lane in Chorley. The ‘new’ workhouse was to replace both the smaller Chorley one and the large workhouse he was already running in Brindle. Samuel never lived to see the project through. On a dark and stormy November night, he was coming back from the new project in Chorley with his overseer by the back lanes north of Chorley to Brindle when his pony and cart overturned in a flooding River Lostock at Lower Copthurst. The pony and Samuel Stancliffe were drowned and the overseer died soon afterwards.
The incident was covered extensively in the national press.
It was also documented in the diary of Thomas Blinkhorn Parke, the owner / manager of Withnell Fold Paper Mill.
He said:
1871 Tue 14 Nov T.B.P. diary
Wet afternoon. Gaskell & Brindle Workhouse Governor upset at Copster Bridge @ 7:30 PM
Pony & Governor were both Dead when found and Gaskell Died soon after getting home.

Lower Copthurst around 1920 by Eddie Hodkinson
Fri 01 Mar 2019
Cycling along Back Lane Whittle-le-Woods was good to see the WAP house occupied by DreamTex
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